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Pakistan struggles to combat devastating locust plague

Mar 06, 2020 - 3:51 PM

Heavy rains and cyclones spark 'unprecedented' breeding and the explosive growth of locust populations on the Arabian peninsula early last year, according to the United Nations.

PLAGUE. In this picture taken on February 23, 2020, a farmer holds locusts in Pipli Pahar village in Pakistan's central Punjab province. Photo by Arif Ali/AFP

Locust swarms arrive in South Sudan, threatening more misery

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:46 PM

Billions of desert locusts, some in swarms the size of Moscow, have already chomped their way through Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan and Uganda

Locusts swarm from ground vegetation as people approach at Lerata village, near Archers Post in Samburu county, approximately 300 kilomters (186 miles) north of kenyan capital, Nairobi on January 22, 2020. "Ravenous swarms" of desert locusts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, already unprecedented in their size and destructive potential, threaten to ravage the entire East Africa subregion, the UN warned on January 20, 2020. The outbreak of desert locusts, considered the most dangerous locust species, is “significant and extremely dangerous” warned the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, describing the infestation as an eminent threat to food security in months to come” if control measures are not taken. TONY KARUMBA / AFP

Locusts boiled, baked, or dried? Kuwait serves up insect delicacy

Feb 02, 2020 - 4:30 PM

The surprisingly nutritious, protein-rich insect is considered a 'delicious delicacy' by Kuwait's older citizens

Locust plague could cause food crisis in Madagascar - UN

Jun 26, 2013 - 7:00 PM

By September Madagascar s worst locust plague in 60 years will have infested two thirds of the Indian Ocean island s crops FAO experts said

INFESTATION. A swarm of the Red Locusts 20 kilometers north of the town of Sakaraha, south west Madagascar on April 27, 2013. Photo by AFP/Bilal Tarabey