FOOD SECURITY THREATENED

Declare locust invasion in EA a regional disaster

We will manage it faster with all attention directed there

In Summary

• Food security is one of the Kenyan government's Big Four agenda. We risk not only failing to achieve it but also falling back in successful past efforts to feed the nation. 

• Swarms have been predicted to increase up to 500 times without quick intervention. 

A pupil walks past a swam of locusts which invaded North Horr Primary School in Marsabit.
DEADLY INVASION: A pupil walks past a swam of locusts which invaded North Horr Primary School in Marsabit.
Image: COURTESY

East Africa has been hit hard by locust swarms and very soon, the cloud will cover the entire continent.

No remedy has been found as yet and we have even been assured by Agriculture CS that they will die of old age.

Bu8t have they not laid eggs?

East African leaders should declare the invasion a regional disaster to direct more attention towards how to eliminate the destructive pest. It is a direct threat to the food security of the region that is co-dependent hence a threat to all previous efforts to save malnourished populations. 

Food security is one of the Kenyan government's Big Four agenda. We risk not only failing to achieve it but also falling back in successful past efforts to feed the nation. 

But with all–or most–attention focused there, the region will forge a way forward on dealing with the menace that has overtaken our headlines. 

 

Mombasa