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[Ambassador report] The Locust threat in Kenya

by Okoth Okoth | 13-09-2020 20:46 Comments 7 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Kenya is facing a locust threat, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of crops. The locusts are feared to continue ravaging crops until June this year as favorable breeding conditions continue to be created by the heavy rains. The country has been battling with the dessert locusts since the beginning of 2020.

Studies have linked a hotter climate to the more devastating dessert locust swarms affecting countries in Africa. Moreover, wet weather up to 400% above normal rainfall amount witnessed in the Horn of Africa since October 2019, favors rapid multiplication of the locusts. The heavy rains were attributed to the Indian Ocean dipole, a phenomenon caused by climate change. 

While climate change is a global phenomenon, Africa still remains at a higher risk due to the low levels of socioeconomic development. People living in poverty are vulnerable to climate change effects because they lack necessary resources to recover from the impacts. The dessert locusts continue to ravage crops in farms, wiping out livestock and wildlife feed with no substantial measures from the locals to contain them. 

The governments should invest in the safest methods which doesn’t affect the environment to control dessert locusts. In addition, communities should be empowered with sound technologies such as solar dryers, which are also climate action solutions to ensure they preserve their harvest at onset of unpredictable events such as long heavy rains and attacks of swarms of dessert locusts. 

7 Comments

SJ Mentor

  • SJ Mentor says :
    Greetings Okoth!
    It's your SJ mentor.

    Thank you for introducing the influence of locust in Kenya.
    Locusts are threating all over the world.
    Especially in Brazil, China, India, Ethiopia, etc.
    They eat off crops nearby and devastating farmlands.
    As you mentioned, climate change arouses better condition for locust to breed.
    Recently, a research found that 4VA pheromone causes swarm of locusts.
    I hope locust issue be handled as soon as possible.

    Best regards,
    SJ mentor.
    Posted 12-10-2020 02:03

Shobha Pokhrel

  • Shobha Pokhrel says :
    Hello OKoth,
    Its very sad to hear taht locust is affecting in Kenya .
    It dangerous and and can invite food deficit in future .
    Thaks for sharig your problem with us .

    Regards,
    Shobha
    Posted 21-09-2020 23:06

Dolma Diki Sherpa

  • Dolma Diki Sherpa says :
    Greetings
    Thank you for sharing your report. Locust problem was also seen in our country.It will devastate crops in large amount.

    Keep writing keep sharing.

    Regards
    Dolma
    Posted 17-09-2020 00:37

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings okoth
    I hope you are doing well
    Locus and CoVID 19, it's is seriously the biggest threat to mankind
    Thank you so much for this report
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 16-09-2020 11:04

ALOK DHAKAL

  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Hi,
    I've heard many issues about locust that is affecting many parts of the world, including Africa. It recently came in Nepal in mid july. But thankfully they are not reported now. Hope government comes with better plans to solve problem of farmers.
    Green cheers.
    Warm regards,
    Alok Dhakal

    Posted 15-09-2020 23:44

Paras Kunwar

  • Paras Kunwar says :


    Hello ,
    Greetings and namaste form Nepal
    Thank you for sharing your report.
    save locust
    Keep sharing reports,
    keep writing
    We are looking forward to know more from you.

    Regards
    Paras Kunwar
    Posted 15-09-2020 19:34

Mun WooJooMentor

  • Mun WooJooMentor says :
    Hello Okoth, this is your mentor WooJoo :)

    It's good to see your second report of the month followed by the first one.

    I've heard many issues about locust that is affecting many parts of the world, including Africa.
    I guess the rise in temperature, due to Global warming and climate changes, is being favored/optimum condition for some organisms to reproduce exponentially.
    Korea also had a similar experience with stick insect and gypsy moth.
    I hope the government comes up with solutions to lessen the effects of locusts.

    Thank you for your contribution to Tunza Community!

    Best wishes,
    WooJoo
    Posted 14-09-2020 15:35

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