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18 Apr 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By ROBERT SHAW

There is a bigger national food crunch than was projected or anticipated due to drought and the armyworm invasion.

This is already being reflected in the upward surge of prices of many basic foods.

In turn it is going to force us to take a longer and harder look at our overall food sufficiency situation and how potentially vulnerable we are.

It is important to emphasize the holistic nature of the food crunch.

13 Apr 2017 description

Pest is a food security risk in a region already struggling with worsening drought

ADDIS ABABA, April 13 (Reuters) - Crop-eating caterpillars known as fall armyworms have damaged crops across southern Ethiopia, the latest country to be struck by the pests in a region already struggling with widespread drought and hunger, authorities said on Thursday.

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09 Apr 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By PHILIP BWAYO

By BARNABAS BII

Uncertainty looms among maize farmers in the North Rift region following infestation of army worms leading to increased cost of production and anticipated low yield this season.

The army worms have destroyed hundreds of acres of maize crops in the country’s food basket, with most farmers complaining of incurring huge costs to contain them.

24 Mar 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 24 March 2017 20:31 GMT

The United Nations fears it could reach Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, March 24 (Reuters) - Crop-eating caterpillars known as fall armyworms have started spreading across Uganda, authorities said on Friday, raising fears for the surrounding East Africa region already devastated by drought.

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