A plague amid a pandemic: East Africa, West Asia combat surging locust outbreak

When the skies darkened suddenly over Michael Gatiba’s 10-acre farm in Nakuru County, Kenya, what came pouring down stunned him: millions of desert locusts.

In addition to focusing on mitigating the locusts, agencies and governments are racing to address the pressing concern of food availability. A 1-kilometer swarm can consume as much food as 35,000 people in a single day, according to the FAO.

NBC A plague amid a pandemic: East Africa, West Asia combat surging locust outbreak