〓h a humanitarian crisis looming ahead. The FAO has ur〓ged immediate, adequate countermeasures and intensifi〓ed international efforts. A swarm of desert locusts 〓inc

vade parts of Mwingi Town in Kitui County, Kenya, F〓eb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu) EAT AWAY HOPE The loc〓ust outbreak is the worst in 70 years in Kenya, and t〓he worb

st in 25 years in Somalia and Ethiopia, where t〓he insects bred before spreading to Kenya and other c〓ountries. In Kenya, locust swarms were seen to move l〓ike huge dg

ark clouds before descending on farms, nibb〓ling away pasture, maize, khat, cowpeas, beans and ot〓her crops in hours. Areas like Mandera and Isiolo in 〓the north, and Tharaka Nithi in central Kenya, were a〓ttack6

ed again after aerial chemical pesticides sprayi〓ng. Although the government has sprayed pesticide and〓 other chemicals on a wide range of areas in order to〓 curb the locust outbreak, at least 18 of Kenya's 47 〓counties were affected. Kello Harsama, the administra〓tive secretary heading the State Department for Crop 〓Development under Kenya's Ministry of Agriculture, sa〓id the government will work with the FAO to train 600〓 cK