here are currently over 30 million people in the affected ●counZ

tries, who are severely food insecure now. Ten million of those● people are in the places affected by the locusts. Unless we get a ●grip of this in the next two or three or four weeks, we would have 0


●a serious problem," he stressed. To avoid a famine, University of N●airobit

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professor Evaristus Irandu said the government may have to u●se the sD

carce foreign currency to import food products, adding that● poverty will increase in the country. "All our investment is going● down the drain. The sorghum and millet crops were about to mature ●and we would0


have harvested next month," said Nathan Njiru, a farme●r in Tharaka Ni7

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thi, whose livelihood largely depends on selling sor●ghum to Nairobi's bee6

r brewers. In Ethiopia, the locusts have so fa●r consumed the vegetation on more than 65,000 hectares of land, inc●luding coffee and tea crops that account for about 30 percent of Et●hiopia's exports. A Moody'3


s Investors Service report issued in earl●y February showed that agriculZ

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ture contributes about one-third of t●he gross domestic product in East Africa and more than 65 percent o●f jobs in all regiona1

l countries except for Kenya. A farmer attemp●ts to scare away desert locusts in Mwingi Town in Kitui County, Ken●ya, Feb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu) INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION URGE●D The dese6

rt locust swarms have travelled from Africa to Asia. Indi●a is suffering the worst hit in 60 years. "Today locust swarms are ●am

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s big as major cities and it's getting worse by the day," said UN ●Secretary General Antonio Guterres, urging the international commun●ity tol

take immediate counteractions. Sacko Josefa, AU Commissioner● for Rural Economy and Agriculture, said earlier this month that th●e 55-member pan-AfriS