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29 Jan 2020 description
report GOAL

International humanitarian aid agency, GOAL, said today the ''unprecedented'' locust infestation sweeping east Africa is wiping out food supply in parts of Ethiopia.

Two of GOAL's programme areas of operation in Ethiopia are currently affected by the outbreak which is threatening much of the region's food security. The agency says resources are now urgently needed to respond to the outbreak, and is appealing to the donor community and public to support efforts to halt the infestation to prevent a disaster.

29 Jan 2020 description

At a glance

11.9 million people experiencing severe acute food insecurity in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia

485 000 ha of land targeted for rapid locust control in the three countries

80 000 households targeted for rapid livelihoods protection and recovery support in the three countries

USD 70 million required by FAO for rapid response and anticipatory action in the three countries from January to July 2020

29 Jan 2020 description

The worst desert locust outbreak in decades threatens food security across East Africa


• The worst desert locust outbreak in 25 years has caused significant pasture losses across East Africa, mainly in agro-pastoral areas of eastern Ethiopia, central Somalia and northern Kenya.

• As sustained locust reproduction is expected until June 2020, the outbreak has a high probability to spread to southern Ethiopia, southern Somalia, northeastern Uganda and South Sudan.

29 Jan 2020 description

Ravenous swarms threaten entire East Africa subregion - FAO scales up its emergency response

20 January 2020, Rome/Nairobi - Desert Locust swarms in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - already unprecedented in their size and destructive potential - could swell exponentially and spill over into more countries in East Africa if efforts to deal with the voracious pest are not massively scaled up across the region, FAO warned today.

29 Jan 2020 description
report Oxfam

Nairobi, 29th January 2020

Swarms of locusts that are sweeping across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia could grow 500 times bigger by June and invade Uganda and South Sudan unless they are immediately brought under control, says Oxfam.

The plagues have hit the region at a time when it is already facing very high levels of food insecurity after countries there had been hit by huge droughts and in some areas flash floods.

28 Jan 2020 description

Foreword by the Humanitarian Coordinator

Similar to 2018, the year 2019 saw positive socio-political developments in Ethiopia. At the same time, the Government of Ethiopia and its humanitarian partners have had to grapple with multiple humanitarian challenges from the effects of political transition and the new experience of broadened political space.

28 Jan 2020 description

Locusts will increase further as a new generation of breeding starts in the Horn of Africa

The current Desert Locust situation remains extremely alarming and represents an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods in the Horn of Africa. This will be further exacerbated by new breeding that has commenced, which will cause more locust infestations.

27 Jan 2020 description


Inter-tribal conflict in disputed Abyei area has left 33 people killed, 18 wounded, 15 children missing, 19 houses burned, and approximately 4,800 people displaced

The 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) partners plan to support 6.1 million of the most vulnerable people in Sudan, which will require US$1.3 billion.

Humanitarian partners continue to assist and estimated 46,000 people (9,600 families) who have taken refuge in El Geneina town, West Darfur, following inter-communal conflict.

25 Jan 2020 description


Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are being invaded by enormous swarms of desert locusts in the worst desert locust infestation in 70 years in Kenya, and in 25 years for Ethiopia and Somalia.

150 km

A desert locust can travel 150km in a single day.


24 Jan 2020 description
report World Vision

Key messages

  • The humanitarian situation is still unstable due to floods experienced in most parts of the Country, locust invasion, cholera outbreak in Wajir county and related incidences reported in northern parts of the country covering Wajir, Mandera, Garissa, Lamu, and Tana River Counties.

24 Jan 2020 description
report World Vision

Key messages

  • Overall situation: Heavy rains and resultant flooding in southern Somalia affected many households who were already in need, displaced populations, destroyed livelihood assets, and generated additional humanitarian needs. Additionally, Tropical Cyclone Pawan in northeastern Somalia in early December, resulted in flash floods that affected many households. In response, World Vision scaled up its response with provision of food, conditional and unconditional vouchers, hygiene kits and mosquito nets.

23 Jan 2020 description

Dryness persists in parts of Zimbabwe and Mozambique despite heavy rain and f ooding across southern Africa

  1. Heavy rainfall is forecast to continue over western Angola next week, increasing the risk for flooding.

  2. Matured desert locust swarms continue move into Kenya from Ethiopia. South Sudan and Uganda are still at risk for desert locust infestations during the coming months.

  3. Heavy rain is expected to continue over northern and central Madagascar, southern Tanzania, northern Zambia, and the DRC.

23 Jan 2020 description
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  • The 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) partners plan to support 6.1 million of the most vulnerable people in Sudan, which will require US$1.4 billion.

  • The Sudan Country Refugee Response Plan for 2020 plans to assist refugees from Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

  • Humanitarian partners continue to assist and estimated 46,000 people (9,600 families) who have taken refuge in El Geneina town, West Darfur, following inter-communal conflict.

23 Jan 2020 description
report Save the Children

The worst plague of Desert Locusts in a generation is ravaging crops and other vegetation across the Horn of Africa with Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia battling to contain the escalating crisis. The outbreaks in Ethiopia and Somalia are the worst in 25 years and in Kenya the worst in 75 years.

23 Jan 2020 description

Ena January 22/2020 The desert locust swarms spreading in parts of East Africa have continued ruining crops and threatening food security of the region, Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa (DLCO-EA) disclosed.

DLCO-EA Senior Information and Forecasting Expert, Felege Elias, told ENA that the swarms from Yemen have been spreading to some East African countries due to lack of capacity of Yemen to put in place survey and control mechanisms.

22 Jan 2020 description

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New York, 22 January 2020 - UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock has released US$10 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help scale up the response to the devastating desert locust outbreak in East Africa.

21 Jan 2020 description

Nearly three decades of political instability in Somalia have resulted in widespread insecurity, contributing to the internal displacement of an estimated 2.6 million people and leaving many Somalis highly vulnerable to climatic, economic, and security changes. Somalia is also prone to natural hazards, particularly drought and flood, which have led to recurrent food and nutrition crises.