ds and about 3,050 drug safety standards must be revised during the〓 five year period.NAIROBI, Feb. 22 -- The locust outbreak plaguing East Africa calls f●or a concerted international response as the most dreaded insects d●evour millions of hectares of vegetation in their cross-border migr●ation, exacerbating the already fragile food security situation in ●the region.
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ert locusts in Kitui County, Kenya●, Feb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu)
The desert locust, which can tra●vel 150 km in a single day, is deemed the most devastating of locus●ts. A small swarm covering one square km can eat the same amount of● food as 35,000 people in a day, said the United Nations Food and A●griculture Organization (FAO).
"The situation remains extremely ala●rming in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia where widespreaH
d desert locust● infestations and a new generation of breeding threaten food securi●ty and livelihoods in the region," it noted Tuesday.
The locusts mo●st recently invaded South Sudan from Uganda, and the South Sudan go●vernment is seeking funds worth 20 million U.S. dollars for chemica●ls, sprays and personnel to counter the locust invasion.
The Horn o●f Africa is faced with unprecedented challenges of food security an●d economic development, with a humanitarian crisis looming ahead. T●he FAO has urged immediate, adequate countermeasurel
s and intensifie●d international efforts.
A swarm of desert locusts invade parts of● Mwingi Town in Kitui County, Kenya, Feb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Y●u)
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The locust outbreak is the worst in 70 years in Ke●nya, and the worst in 25 years in Somalia and Ethiopia, where the i●nsects bred before spreading to Kenya and other countries.
In Kenya●, locust swarms were seen to move like huge dark 0