Ethiopia + 11 more

UN humanitarian chief warns of desert locust crisis in Africa

Source
Published
Origin
View original
24 January 2020, Katitika village, Kitui County, Kenya. A farmer seeks in vain to save his crop from desert locusts. © FAO/Sven Torfinn

Following is an op-ed by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, and the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, on the locust outbreak in East Africa, published online by The Guardian:

A colleague at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) tells a terrifying story about the desert locust.

In 2005 she visited farmers in Niger as they prepared to harvest their crops. Just hours later, a swarm of locusts swept through the area and destroyed everything. One month later, truckloads of families were forced to leave their homes because they had nothing to eat.

Read more on United Nations OCHA

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.