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AFRICA: Switzerland helps East African communities fight locust swarms.

AFRICA: Switzerland helps East African communities fight locust swarms.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, SWITZERLAND
The locust infestation is threatening to destroy the progress achieved in recent years and could cause new waves of population displacementBERN, Switzerland, February 18, 2020/ -- East Africa has been hit by a massive infestation of desert locusts. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is donating CHF 1 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). As the situation evolves, the SDC may need to mobilise additional funding in partner countries.Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya have been hit by the worst outbreak of desert locusts in decades. Thousands of hectares of farmland have been ravaged, threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people already struggling with food inse...