Somalia is seeing a desert locust invasion, the latest in the series of these pest storms that have been overwhelming several other East African countries this year. Exacerbating food shortages amid the unprecedented and already challenging covid-19 pandemic.
Desert Locust Bulletin, No. 505, October 2020
Epicentre shifting to eastern Ethiopia and SomaliaLoading...
— Desert Locust CRC (@DesertLocustCRC) November 8, 2020
Abdullahi Ahmed, a Somali camel herder, shares his disconcerting experience with the locust infestation, “Here we are in the Daynile district. This morning, a large number of locusts invaded and since then they have been eating the grass intended for our livestock, forcing us to beat corrugated iron sheets to disperse them, so we are calling the government to help us fight these locusts.”
Regional Food Insecurity
Mohamed Abubakar Jafar, Commissioner of Mogadishu’s Daynile District, is ready to take action, “We see that the locusts are destroying the farms and we should fight back against them. That is inevitable.”
Desert Locust swarms continue to destroy pastures and crops in #Somalia, leading to deterioration of the #foodsecurity situation & a threat to livelihoods of already vulnerable communities. pic.twitter.com/bgvgdoqr5n
— Amina Mohamed (@amina_mohammed9) November 7, 2020
Massive efforts have already been made in the region to control the infestation with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations also stepping in to alleviate the food crisis.