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ve secretary heading the State Department for Crop 〓Development under Kenya's Ministry of Agriculture, sa〓id the government will work with the FAO to train 600〓 chemical spraying personnel. "Aerial spraying of the〓 pesticide in the lv

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d results, thus we need to devise innovative str〓ategies like the use of the trainees, farmers and ext〓ension workers to conduct ground spraying starting wi〓th northern counties of Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana and〓 Wajir," he said. "My crops had done well following t〓he heavy rains and I was lox

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    a bumper 〓harvest but then the locusts came and ate away my hop〓e," Beatrice Ngari, a farmer in Embu, central Kenn

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    according to the FAO. Climate change 〓was to blame for the unusually plentiful rainfall on 〓the African continent. Keith Cressman, the FAO's seni〓or locust forecasting officer, further identifiS

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    yclones as another factor behind the locust 〓crisis, saying the past 10 years saw increased freque〓ncy of cyclones in the Indian Ocean. A swarm of dese〓rt locusts invade parts of Mwingi Town in Kitui Count〓y, Kenya, Feb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu) AGGRAVATIN〓G FOOD 凯时app FAO offig

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    utrition, and over 20 millio〓n having already been in food crisis in Horn of Afric〓a countries. UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitari〓an Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Low〓cock, said the current situation "is really, really c〓hallenging." "There are currently over 30 million peo〓ple in the affected countries, who are severely food 〓insecure now. Ten million of those8

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    e 〓places affected by the locusts. Unless we get a grip 〓of this in the next two or three or four weeks, we wo〓uld have a serious problem," he stressed. To avoid a 〓famine, University of Nairobi professor Evaristus Ira〓ndu said the government mT

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    the scarce fo〓reign currency to import food products, adding that p〓overty will increase in the country. "All our investm〓ent is going down the drain. The sorghum and millet c〓rops were about to mature and we would have harvested〓 next month," said Nathan Njiru, a farmer in TharaJ

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ka 〓Nithi, whose livelihood largely depends on selling so〓rghum to Nairobi's beer brewers. In Ethiopia, the loc〓usts have so far consumed the vegetation on more than〓 65,000 hectares of land, including coffee and tea cr〓ops that account for about 30 percent of Ethiopia's e〓xports. A Moody's Investors Service report issued in 〓early February showed that agriculture contributes ar

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f the gross domestic product in East A〓frica and more than 65 percent of jobs in all regiona〓l countries except for Kenya. A farmer attempts to s〓care away desert locusts in Mwingi Town in Kitui Coun〓ty, Kenya, Feb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu) INTERNATI〓ONAL COOPERATION URGED The desert locust swarms have 〓travelled from Africa to Asia. India is suffering the〓 worst hit in 60 years. "Today locust swarms are as b〓ig as major cities and it's getting worse8

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N Secretary General Antonio Guterres, urging 〓the international community to take immediate counter〓actions. Sacko Josefa, AU Commissioner for Rural Econ〓omy and Agriculture, said earlier this month that the〓 55-member pan-African bloc is working directly with 〓the FAO to make sure that there is no spread to other〓 countries. Antonio Querido, UN FAO representative in〓 Uganda, 1

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said international organizations are providi〓ng technical support and mobilizing resources for Uga〓nda as it strives to fight the locusts. In order to g〓et more international help, Somalia on Feb. 2 declare〓d the locust infestation a national emergency. Irandu〓 said that the present invasion is likely to cost eno〓rmous financial and human resources far beyond the ca〓pability of the East African countries. Hence there i〓s a need for a concerted effort by regional and other〓 international organizations to offer money, expertis〓e a9

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nd equipment such as planes. Otherwise, the locust〓 invasion may wipe out food production in many Africa〓n countries. The FAO recently launched a 76 million U〓.S. dollars appeal to control the locusts' spread. We〓eks later, only around 20 million dollars have R

been r〓eceived, said Lowcock. Irandu suggested that intensif〓ied international efforts should be made to coordinat〓e aerial sprays, share scientific knowledge on breedi〓ng and migratory habits of locusts, and raiz

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