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Changing rainfall could mean more locusts

Wednesday 18 Nov 20 10:00am

A man is chasing away a swarm of desert locusts early in the morning, on May 21, 2020 in Samburu County, Kenya. Photo: Fredrik Lerneryd/Getty Images


Research scientist HENRI TONNANG, of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, and his colleagues are trying to get one step ahead of an insect that could devastate food supplies as the climate changes.

ETHIOPIA,  Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan are trying to contain the worst locust invasion in more than 70 years.

The locusts have destroyed vegetation – especially staple cereal crops, legumes and pastures – resulting in huge economic losses. The World Bank estimates that these losses could reach $US8.5 billion by the end of the year.

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