ROME, Oct 1 (AFP) - Swarms of ravenous
locusts are still spreading through and beyond the Sahel region of west
Africa where the fight against the pest is being hampered by serious shortages
in pesticides and aircraft, the UN food agency warned Friday.
UN analysts believe thick swarms of the
crop-destroying pests have begun spreading into northwest Africa in the
quest for fresh vegetation.
Donor funding has increased since an
appeal two weeks ago by the director general of the Food and Agriculture
Organisation (FAO) Jacques Diouf, but more support is urgently needed,