Smallholder farmers are facing an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods as giant swarms of desert locusts decimate crops.
Billions of locusts, in swarms that span 3X the size of New York City, are ravaging eastern Africa. A single swarm can consume the same daily amount of crops as 35,000 people. The impacts have been devastating, spanning across Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, and Kenya.
Aquifers in East Africa are full from the rains, and locusts will not impact them. Instead of the usual response–offering food aid and stockpiling seeds/inputs for the next rainy season–access to irrigation enables farmers to immediately begin planting again, generating new harvests and critical income, long before the next rains arrive.
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