DAKAR, May 17 (AFP) - African states
girded for battle Tuesday at a meeting here aiming to coordinate expertise
and equipment ahead of an expected invasion by desert locusts threatening
to rival last year's worst infestation in over a decade.
Representatives from ten countries in
west, central and northern Africa were called on to expand the arsenal
of weapons to head off or destroy the ravenous swarms, which can range
up to 80 million insects over a square kilometer and devour twice their
weight in cropland in a day.
"One of the challenges we face is