Communities in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia are facing alarming food shortages with the crops they grow to survive being eaten in seconds by flying desert locusts. The locusts are not only destroying this seasons food, but also the seeds for next season, endangering people’s lives and livelihoods for some time to come.
13 million people who are already coping with an acute lack of food in the region are now at risk. And the FAO have predicted that a further 20 million people could be at risk if the locusts continue to spread.
Many of the affected communities are still reeling from the effects of prolonged drought in the region, followed by severe flooding.
“It is just so unfair for these vulnerable communities who have come through years of drought and were then hit by flooding to see them lose everything in this way”, said Anne O’Mahony, Concern’s Director of International Programmes.