Locust Infestation Devastates Kenya
The worst locust infestation in 70 years is devastating Kenya - threatening food security and livelihoods for millions of people. In a day migrating locust swarms cover 100-150 kilometres destroying enough crops to feed 2,500 people. In the past month, locust swarms have eaten through crops of maize, beans and vegetables that were set to be harvested and provide households with food and animals with fodder. Households have lost their access to food and farmers their source of income. Severe drought and flooding in affected this region in 2019 meaning these households are already extremely vulnerable. Without intervention, a potential famine situation is expected in the pastoral zones of North Eastern Kenya in the coming months.
World Vision, through funding from Irish Aid, is helping communities to respond to locust on the ground. World Vision is working with local communities to build surveillance systems that track the movement of the locust swarms and ensure that Arial spraying targets the right areas to prevent further loss of crops. We are also providing 660 households with emergency cash assistance, to meet address acute food insecurity caused by the locust, and we are providing 400 farmers with pasture seeds and certified drought-tolerant crop seeds such as maize and beans to replenish destroyed crop and pasture lands.
€80 can help one household for 3 months, while € 20 can provide seeds for a farmer. World Vision’s help is vital in helping the Kenyan community recover from this infestation.