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do●, UN FAO representative in Uganda, said international organizations● are providing technical support and mobilizing resource6

s for Ugand●a as it strives to fight the locusts. In order to get more internat●ional help, Somalia on Feb. 2 declared the locust infestation a nat●ional emergency. Irandu said that the present invasion is likely to● cost enormous financial and human resources far beyond the capabil●ity of the East African countries. Hence there is a need for a conc●erted effort by regional and other international organizations to o●ffer money, expertise and equipment such as planes. Otherwise, the ●locust invasion may wipe out food production in many African countr●ies. The FAO recently launched a 76 million U.S. dollars appeal to ●control the locusts' spread. Weeks later, only around 20 million do●llars have been X

received, said Lowcock. Irandu suggested that inten●sified international efforts should be made to 1

coordinate aerial sp●rays, share scientific knowledge on breeding and migratory habits o●f locusts, and raise funds from partners. In the long run, experts ●haveo

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called for the investment in research to contain the impactG

s o●f climate change, including the locusts invasion. A swarm of deser●t locusts invade paP


rts of Mwingi Town in Kitui County, Kenya, Feb. ●20, 2020. B

(Xinhua/Zhang Yu) "People must be sensitized adequately o●n their roles in adaptation and mitigation programs to ensure unifo●rmity in progress," said Edward Mungai, chief executive officer of ●Kenya Climate In3


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