Locust crisis and severe hunger in East Africa
Locust infestations are causing havoc across East Africa in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, South Sudan and Djibouti. The damage to farmlands is enormous and if the infestation can’t be brought under control, it could spread to even more countries in Eastern Africa.
The locust invasion comes at a time when 22 million people across the affected countries are already gripped by a severe food crisis. People are still recovering from recent drought, floods, or a devastating combination of both. The outbreak has been exacerbated by climate change and the extent of the locust swarms is a result of extreme weather swings.
If the infestation is not brought under control before the growing season begins next month, millions more could face severe hunger.
Oxfam is already on the ground supporting communities impacted by severe food shortages. We are preparing to scale up our response with this new crisis. We aim to reach 190,000 people with cash assistance, livestock feed, and seeds.
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