US pledges $8m to fight locust plague

The US has pledged to provide $8m (£6m) to control desert locusts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

Kenya is one of the countries that has been hit by a locust swarm
Kenya is one of the countries that has been hit by a locust swarm

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this support in a joint press conference with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew in Addis Ababa.

Last week the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) asked the international community to provide nearly $76m (£58m) to fund the spraying of the affected areas with pesticide.

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The UN agency warned that the East African region could be on the verge of a food crisis if huge swarms of locusts devouring crops and pasture are not brought under control.

There are fears that the locusts – already in the hundreds of billions – will multiply further.

Efforts to control the infestation have so far not been effective.

Want to know more of this story? BBC Africa covered how it all started here

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