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Locust swarm threatens food security in Horn of Africa

Locusts are seen as they mate in the region of Kyuso, Kenya, February 18, 2020. The swarms, first sighted in December, have already destroyed tens of thousands of acres of farmland in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, threatening food supplies in the worst locust invasion in 70 years. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Locusts are seen as they mate in the region of Kyuso, Kenya, February 18, 2020. The swarms, first sighted in December, have already destroyed tens of thousands of acres of farmland in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, threatening food supplies in the...more

Locusts are seen as they mate in the region of Kyuso, Kenya, February 18, 2020. The swarms, first sighted in December, have already destroyed tens of thousands of acres of farmland in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, threatening food supplies in the worst locust invasion in 70 years. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Damaged crops are seen after a locusts swarm descended on the fields of Kenyan farmer Mwende Kimanzi, in the region of Kyuso, Kenya, February 18, 2020. The locusts began crossing into Kenya around Dec. 28, initially destroying pastures in semi-arid counties mainly occupied by herder communities. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Damaged crops are seen after a locusts swarm descended on the fields of Kenyan farmer Mwende Kimanzi, in the region of Kyuso, Kenya, February 18, 2020. The locusts began crossing into Kenya around Dec. 28, initially destroying pastures in semi-arid...more

Damaged crops are seen after a locusts swarm descended on the fields of Kenyan farmer Mwende Kimanzi, in the region of Kyuso, Kenya, February 18, 2020. The locusts began crossing into Kenya around Dec. 28, initially destroying pastures in semi-arid counties mainly occupied by herder communities. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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A plane conducting the aerial spraying of pesticides flies over a swarm of desert locusts in Lemasulani village, Samburu County, Kenya January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

A plane conducting the aerial spraying of pesticides flies over a swarm of desert locusts in Lemasulani village, Samburu County, Kenya January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

A plane conducting the aerial spraying of pesticides flies over a swarm of desert locusts in Lemasulani village, Samburu County, Kenya January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi
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Kenyan farmer Mwende Kimanzi looks at the damage caused to her crops after locusts swarm descended on it in the region of Kyuso, Kenya, February 18, 2020.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Kenyan farmer Mwende Kimanzi looks at the damage caused to her crops after locusts swarm descended on it in the region of Kyuso, Kenya, February 18, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Kenyan farmer Mwende Kimanzi looks at the damage caused to her crops after locusts swarm descended on it in the region of Kyuso, Kenya, February 18, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Samburu men attempt to fend off a swarm of desert locusts flying over grazing land in Lemasulani village, Samburu County, Kenya January 17, 2020.  REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

Samburu men attempt to fend off a swarm of desert locusts flying over grazing land in Lemasulani village, Samburu County, Kenya January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

Samburu men attempt to fend off a swarm of desert locusts flying over grazing land in Lemasulani village, Samburu County, Kenya January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi
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Kenyan farmer Mwende Kimanzi tries to chase away individual locusts that remained after a swarm descended on her crops in the region of Kyuso, Kenya, February 18, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Kenyan farmer Mwende Kimanzi tries to chase away individual locusts that remained after a swarm descended on her crops in the region of Kyuso, Kenya, February 18, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Kenyan farmer Mwende Kimanzi tries to chase away individual locusts that remained after a swarm descended on her crops in the region of Kyuso, Kenya, February 18, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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A desert locust is seen in a grazing land in Nakwamuru village, Samburu County, Kenya January 16, 2020.   REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

A desert locust is seen in a grazing land in Nakwamuru village, Samburu County, Kenya January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

A desert locust is seen in a grazing land in Nakwamuru village, Samburu County, Kenya January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi
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A Samburu man walks through a swarm of desert locusts flying over a grazing land in Lemasulani village, Samburu County, Kenya January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

A Samburu man walks through a swarm of desert locusts flying over a grazing land in Lemasulani village, Samburu County, Kenya January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

A Samburu man walks through a swarm of desert locusts flying over a grazing land in Lemasulani village, Samburu County, Kenya January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi
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Desert locusts are seen within a grazing land in Lemasulani village, Samburu County, Kenya January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

Desert locusts are seen within a grazing land in Lemasulani village, Samburu County, Kenya January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

Desert locusts are seen within a grazing land in Lemasulani village, Samburu County, Kenya January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi
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A swarm of desert locusts fly over a grazing land in Nakwamuru village, Samburu County, Kenya January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

A swarm of desert locusts fly over a grazing land in Nakwamuru village, Samburu County, Kenya January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

A swarm of desert locusts fly over a grazing land in Nakwamuru village, Samburu County, Kenya January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi
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Desert locusts are seen in a grazing land in Nakwamuru village, Samburu County, Kenya January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

Desert locusts are seen in a grazing land in Nakwamuru village, Samburu County, Kenya January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

Desert locusts are seen in a grazing land in Nakwamuru village, Samburu County, Kenya January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi
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A swarm of desert locusts fly over a grazing land in Nakwamuru village, Samburu County, Kenya January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

A swarm of desert locusts fly over a grazing land in Nakwamuru village, Samburu County, Kenya January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

A swarm of desert locusts fly over a grazing land in Nakwamuru village, Samburu County, Kenya January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi
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An Ethiopian girl attempts to fend off desert locusts as they fly in a farm on the outskirt of Jijiga in Somali region, Ethiopia January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini

An Ethiopian girl attempts to fend off desert locusts as they fly in a farm on the outskirt of Jijiga in Somali region, Ethiopia January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini

An Ethiopian girl attempts to fend off desert locusts as they fly in a farm on the outskirt of Jijiga in Somali region, Ethiopia January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini
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A desert locust is seen on the farmer's hand in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

A desert locust is seen on the farmer's hand in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

A desert locust is seen on the farmer's hand in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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Locust feed of a plant near the village of Riandira in Kirinyaga County, Kenya, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Locust feed of a plant near the village of Riandira in Kirinyaga County, Kenya, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Locust feed of a plant near the village of Riandira in Kirinyaga County, Kenya, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Ahmed Ibrahim, 30, an Ethiopian farmer, attempts to fend off desert locusts as they fly in his khat farm on the outskirt of Jijiga in Somali region, Ethiopia January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini

Ahmed Ibrahim, 30, an Ethiopian farmer, attempts to fend off desert locusts as they fly in his khat farm on the outskirt of Jijiga in Somali region, Ethiopia January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini

Ahmed Ibrahim, 30, an Ethiopian farmer, attempts to fend off desert locusts as they fly in his khat farm on the outskirt of Jijiga in Somali region, Ethiopia January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini
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A man sprays organic pesticide on locusts to demonstrate its effects in fighting their spreading, near the village of Riandira in Kirinyaga County, Kenya, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A man sprays organic pesticide on locusts to demonstrate its effects in fighting their spreading, near the village of Riandira in Kirinyaga County, Kenya, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A man sprays organic pesticide on locusts to demonstrate its effects in fighting their spreading, near the village of Riandira in Kirinyaga County, Kenya, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Desert locusts are seen feeding on a tree in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Desert locusts are seen feeding on a tree in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Desert locusts are seen feeding on a tree in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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An Ethiopian boy attempts to fend off desert locusts as they fly in a farm on the outskirt of Jijiga in Somali region, Ethiopia January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini

An Ethiopian boy attempts to fend off desert locusts as they fly in a farm on the outskirt of Jijiga in Somali region, Ethiopia January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini

An Ethiopian boy attempts to fend off desert locusts as they fly in a farm on the outskirt of Jijiga in Somali region, Ethiopia January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini
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Locust feed of a plant near the village of Riandira in Kirinyaga County, Kenya, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Locust feed of a plant near the village of Riandira in Kirinyaga County, Kenya, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Locust feed of a plant near the village of Riandira in Kirinyaga County, Kenya, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Ahmed Ibrahim, 30, an Ethiopian farmer, attempts to fend off desert locusts as they fly in his khat farm on the outskirts of Jijiga in Somali region, Ethiopia January 12, 2020.  REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini

Ahmed Ibrahim, 30, an Ethiopian farmer, attempts to fend off desert locusts as they fly in his khat farm on the outskirts of Jijiga in Somali region, Ethiopia January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini

Ahmed Ibrahim, 30, an Ethiopian farmer, attempts to fend off desert locusts as they fly in his khat farm on the outskirts of Jijiga in Somali region, Ethiopia January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini
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Desert locusts are seen along the road on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Desert locusts are seen along the road on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Desert locusts are seen along the road on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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A Somali farmer walks within desert locusts in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

A Somali farmer walks within desert locusts in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

A Somali farmer walks within desert locusts in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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A desert locust is seen feeding on a plantation in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

A desert locust is seen feeding on a plantation in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

A desert locust is seen feeding on a plantation in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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Somali farmers lift a plastic sheeting to fend off desert locusts in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 21, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Somali farmers lift a plastic sheeting to fend off desert locusts in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 21, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Somali farmers lift a plastic sheeting to fend off desert locusts in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 21, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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A Somali farmer walks within desert locusts in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 21, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

A Somali farmer walks within desert locusts in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 21, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

A Somali farmer walks within desert locusts in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia December 21, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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