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World Bank has approved a $40 million International Development Assistance (IDA) grant for Somalia as part of the Emergency Locust Response Program.

This comes days after Food and Agriculture (FAO) gave an update on the locust invasion situation across the region. According to the organisation, hopper bands and an increasing number of swarms are present in the northwest between Boroma and Hargeisa and in central areas near Galkayo in Somalia.

Although control operations continue, a general northerly movement of swarms will occur in the three countries. Some of the swarms in northwest Kenya are expected to transit through South Sudan to reach the summer breeding areas of Sudan where some rains have already fallen. In Kenya more swarms continued to form and were seen flying in the northwest.

A statement from the World Bank has indicated that the locust invasion has gravely impacted the livelihoods of nearly 2.6 million living …

Uganda’s Cabinet approves an extra $1.8 million to help fight the locust invasion.

This was after it came to be known that $3 million of the initial $4 million released for the same purpose was used to pay membership arrears to the Desert Locusts Control Organisation for East Africa (DLCO-EA).

DLCO-EA draws membership from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, and Djibouti.

According to the EastAfrican a local news platform, Uganda still owes the organisation an extra $2 million even after paying the arrears, Uganda, together with Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia, are the main defaulters.

According to the EastAfrican, the Country Representative for DLCO-EA, Mr Evarist Magara said that each member partner is supposed to pay $120,000 per year. Adding that Uganda’s debt had grown to $5 million accumulated over nearly 30 years of non-payment. Sudan also owes $6 million to the regional organization.

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Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have warned that the current desert locust swarms infestation could spill over into more countries in East Africa.

Currently, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that FAO warns could spill over into more countries in East Africa.

The locusts’ outbreak is therefore impacting the region’s food insecurity as they are destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of crops in their way.

The UN agency urged for a collective campaign to deal with the crisis, concerned over the risk that the swarms spill over into more countries in East Africa, “if efforts to deal with the voracious pest are not scaled up across the region”.

FAO says that the unusual climate conditions have favoured rapid locust reproduction.

An analysis from FAO outlines the current situation of the manifestation of the locusts in specific countries in East …