How is the Desert Locust campaign in East Africa going?At the moment FAO is fighting the second generation of Desert Locusts. We have made significant progress in a number of countries, especially in Kenya, where only two of the 29 counties that were infested in February have Desert Locusts today. In the coming days, that will drop to one county, and within three weeks Kenya should be free of large-scale infestations altogether. That is a success but the threat of possible re-infestation towards the end of the year will call for careful and continued surveillance. Unfortunately, Ethiopia is still infested with a second breeding generation, and also partly re-infested by swarms from Kenya. Ethiopia is also under threat from new swarms arriving from Yemen. A lot of work has been done in Eth...
The government of Germany has made a contribution of € 2.3 million (Shs 9.6 billion) to boost efforts of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in the fight against the desert locusts in Uganda.
The contribution will go towards providing relief and cash assistance to about 4000 households and communities affected by the desert locusts, particularly in the most affected regions of Karamoja and Teso.
The funding is part of the € 20 million (Shs 83 billion), which FAO received from Germany to implement a regional project titled: Emergency livelihoods assistance to vulnerable farmers, agro pastoralists and pastoralists affected by desert locust in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.
According to Antonio Querido, FAO Country ...
Government has stayed away from spraying swarms of desert
locusts that have invaded Kidepo National Park for fear of antagonising
wild animals. Addressing journalists at the media centre in Kampala
yesterday, the minister for Agriculture, Mr Vincent Ssempijja, said
whereas the chemical used to spray the locusts has no effect on people
and domestic animals, they are not sure how wild animals will react to
“Other swarms have camped in the national
park and we cannot spray them because it may affect tourism and experts
have warned us against it,” Mr Ssempijja said.“They (locusts) have
camped in the valley where buffaloes breed, and you know these animals
have not been violent towards people and tourists but if we spray them,
they may react violently. Experts are o...
Grasshopper trappers in Masaka Sub region have petitioned the
government to allow them join the fight against the destructive desert
locusts that invaded the country.
Under their umbrella
Old Masaka Basenene Association Limited (OMBAU), the grasshopper
trappers say that they can fight and end the problem of destructive
Mr Kuraish Katongole, the national
chairperson OMBAU said they have written to Minister of Agriculture
Animal Industry and Fisheries, Mr Vincent Ssempijja expressing interest
in the fight against locusts at a low cost without using praying
pesticides that affect the environment.
“We have been
in this trade of trapping grasshoppers for 30 years and they are similar
to desert locusts and we have the capacity to catch more than 500 bags
This is the first time the voracious insects have been seen in the Central African country since 1944.
Kenya, Somalia and Uganda have been battling the swarms in the worst
locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years. The
U.N. said swarms have also been sighted in Djibouti, Eritrea and
Tanzania and recently reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half
the population already faces hunger after years of civil war.
A joint statement Tuesday from FAO
director-general Qu Dongyu, U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock, and
World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley called the swarms of
locusts “a scourge of biblical proportions” and “a graphic and shocking
reminder of this region’s vulnerability.”
The FAO said mature locusts, carried in
part by t...
Cross-border swarm movements with Kenya and breeding continues in Southern EthiopiaROME, Italy, February 25, 2020/ -- The Government of Ethiopia is racing against time to control Desert Locusts as the February – May Belg season starts.With
support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations (FAO), the Ministry of Agriculture is scaling up aerial and
ground operations in Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and
Peoples' (SNNP) regions – Belg crop-producing areas."We are at a
critical stage at which we need to save the next and subsequent
harvests and safeguard the livelihood of the population," said Fatouma
Seid, the FAO Representative in Ethiopia.FAO's surge support boosts operations as funding gap growsSo
far, FAO Ethiopia has recei...
helping to reduce the size of the swarms, this aid is expected to have a
positive impact on affected communities throughout the Horn of AfricaWASHINGTON
D.C., United States of America, February 20, 2020/ -- In response to
the outbreak of desert locusts in East Africa, the United States,
through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will be
providing $8 million in humanitarian assistance to support regional
operations to control locusts in the Federal Democratic Republic of
Ethiopia, the Republic of Kenya, and the Federal Republic of Somalia. By
helping to reduce the size of the swarms, this aid is expected to have a
positive impact on affected communities throughout the Horn of Africa.The
current outbreak of desert locusts is the worst to hit East Afric...
Around 2,000 locusts were spotted inside the country, Agriculture
Minister Onyoti Adigo told reporters. Authorities will try to control
the outbreak, he added.
“The report came that these are matured. As you know locusts are
like human beings, they send their reconnaissance ahead of time to make
sure that whether there is food or not and if the area is good for
The locusts have been seen in Eastern Equatoria state near the
borders with Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. All have been affected by the
outbreak that has been influenced by the changing climate in the region.
The situation in those three countries “remains extremely alarming,”
the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in its latest Locust
Watch update Monday. Locusts also have reached Sudan, Eritrea...
The state Minister for Animal Industry Mr. Bright Rwamirama has noted
that the locusts have been laying eggs and should the latest eggs
hatch, Uganda may be faced with an outbreak.
The minister made the remarks on February 18, while he was addressing the press at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala.
According to Rwamirama, the swarms of locusts continue to spread to
other districts in the region and laying of eggs is expected to continue
while other locust swarms are still invading Uganda from Kenya.
“It is worth noting that a female locust lays at least 300eggs in one
sitting and will lay eggs three times in its lifecycle,” he said.
Rwamirama said that the existing locusts have not caused significant
damage to vegetation cover however, there’s is an imminent threat to
On Monday, the president on Tuesday met government officials to
discuss contingency measures and Uganda’s preparedness to prevent
coronavirus that is currently ravaging China and is spreading to other
“I now understand this disease. I’m going to write about it so that the public is sensitized on how to prevent it” he said.
to the World Health Organisation, At least 427 people have died with
more than 20,000 confirmed cases around the world, most of them in
More than two-dozen nations have reported cases but, so far, no confirmations have been made across Africa or Latin America.
deadly coronavirus outbreak that has spread from China causes severe
acute respiratory infection and symptoms usually start with a fever,
followed by a dry coug...
Authorities in Uganda have advised citizens to stock on food, as the
alarming locust invasion raging through Eastern Africa approaches the
border with Kenya.
The advisory was issued by the country’s Government Citizen Interaction Center on Wednesday, following reports that the locusts had reached the Samburu and Turkana areas, a distance of just 166km form the border.
On Thursday, Kenya’s Agriculture Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga said
they were struggling to contain the locust swarms because of limited
‘‘Our resources are strained because the aircraft are serving all
the affected counties. Also, our officers are exhausted from battling
the pests from the past weeks,’‘ Boga said.
‘‘The locusts have started copulating and will soon start laying eggs. We hav...
Swarms of locusts that recently invaded Turkana County have
destroyed several hectares of vegetation and food crops, worsening the
threat of acute hunger in a region that already suffers recurrent
More swarms of the destructive pests entered
Loima Sub-County as they munched through all green matter in sight
including pasture and food crops in Lolemgete, Kankurumeri, Kanyangapus,
Kankuridio and Moru Edou villages.
The latest invasion has left local residents a worried lot, amid fears of looming starvation.
to Kapua Sub-Location Acting Assistant Chief David Eteleg, the tree
locusts - locally known as Emathe - were feeding on green vegetation
cover that is pasture for camels, donkeys, goats and sheep.
locusts have reversed gains made in attainin...