SOUTHERN AFRICA’S FOOD SECURITY THREATENED BY LOCUST OUTBREAKS
Written by admin on September 8, 2020
The Food Security Organization of the United Nations, FAO, has said that locust outbreaks threaten food security and livelihoods of millions of people in Botswana and other Southern Africa countries.
In a press statement released recently, the organization said about 7 million people in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe that is the southern African region, could suffer from food and nutrition insecurity, while still grappling with the economic impacts of the COVID19 pandemic.
The statement said that FAO is working with SADC and the Regional Locust Control Organization for Central and Southern Africa to support the governments of the affected countries to control the locust.
The organization further highlighted that locusts are among the most destructive pests in the world as they can demolish crops and livestock pasture in a matter of hours.
It said control efforts in Botswana need to be stepped up urgently as the pests threaten the country’s breadbasket of Pandamatenga heading into the next planting season. a.
The Botswana outbreak began in May, and the countries and the UN decided by late June that the outbreaks were a regional emergency.