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[Ambassador report] Optional Report: Locust Invasion

by Okoth Okoth | 17-11-2020 20:06 Comments 3 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

The Locust Threat

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


SJ Mentor

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

    Thank you for sharing your report concerning locust invasion.
    It is such a global serious problem affecting all around the world.
    Locust swarm is circulating Africa, Europe, Asia.
    Due to climate change which is more suitable for insect propagation the population of locust is increasing.
    We should prepare for the aggression of locusts without harming nature.
    Hope things are fine with you.
    Green cheers!

    Best regards,
    SJ mentor.
    Posted 30-11-2020 07:03

Mun WooJooMentor

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

    Warm greetings from South Korea.
    Thank you for sharing such interesting report about locust invasion.
    It is sad to hear that its invasion is still going on, and the people had to deal with it for such a long time.
    The temperature rise is chaning the reproduction and growth cycle&period of many insects, and this is one of the consequences of human action.
    I agree that people who rely on socioeconomic benefit from agriculture are more vulnerable to climate changes.
    Which solution do you think that is the best solution to fight with it?
    How could we achieve the real solution to stop the climate change?

    Thank you once again.


    Posted 22-11-2020 22:39

Shobha Pokhrel

  • Shobha Pokhrel says :
    greetings from Nepal

    tahnk you so much for the report

    climate change has emerge such harmful insects which are very dangerous

    keep sharing

    Warm regards ,

    Posted 17-11-2020 22:44

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