Nairobi — EFFORTS to tackle the worst invasion in years by desert locusts in East Africa have received a major boost after the United States provided $8 million (R120,7 million).
The funding will support ground-based and aerial intervention efforts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia where billions of pests are devouring crops and vegetation as well as destroying livestock pastures.
This announcement brings the US government’s response to the outbreak of locusts to nearly $9 million (R135,8 million), including funding already provided to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Ethiopia to control and prevent the spread of the infestation, train more than 300 pest experts and scouts plus provide 5 000 sets of protective equipment.
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