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17 March 2020

WFP News Video: South Sudan Can’t Catch a Break From Hunger-This Time It’s Locusts (For the Media)

A wave of desert locusts in East Africa is now forming more swarms in parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, putting at risk the main crop harvest in May and June, and threatening the food security of smallholder farmers.
In South Sudan, desert locusts have affected four counties in Eastern Equatoria region since arriving in mid-February.
The March-April start of the long rains, coinciding with regeneration of rangeland and planting, enables the new wave of locusts to breed and spread.
It will be vastly more cost-effective to support the prevention and control efforts of Governments and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to tackle locusts now than to help people after their crops had been ruined.
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