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News 4 February 2020

GIEWS Special Alert No. 347 - East Africa

The worst desert locust outbreak in decades threatens food security across East Africa.

The worst desert locust outbreak in 25 years has caused significant pasture losses across East Africa, mainly in agro-pastoral areas of eastern Ethiopia, central Somalia and northern Kenya.

As sustained locust reproduction is expected until June 2020, the outbreak has a high probability to spread to southern Ethiopia, southern Somalia, northeastern Uganda and South Sudan.

Immediate upscaling of aerial control measures is urgently needed to mitigate crop and pasture losses and to avoid a sharp deterioration of the food security situation.

Last updated 4 February 2020; maps updated to reflect UN boundaries.