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Africa’s locust outbreak far from over

first_imgLocusts swarm on a tree south of Lodwar town in Turkana county, northern Kenya Tuesday, June 23, 2020. AP PHOTO/BORIS POLO NAIROBI – The crunch of young locusts comes with nearly every step. The worst outbreak of the voracious insects in Kenya in 70 years is far from over, and their newest generation is now finding its wings for proper flight. The livelihoods of millions of already vulnerable people in East Africa are at stake, and people like Boris Polo are working to limit the damage. The logistician with a helicopter firm is on contract with the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, helping to find and mark locust swarms for the targeted pesticide spraying that has been called the only effective control. (AP)last_img