馭ecretary General Antonio Guterres, urging the international commun●ity to take immediate counteractions.
Sacko Josefa, AU Commissioner● for Rural Economy and Agriculture, said earlier this month that th●e 55-member pan-African bloc is working directly with the FAO to ma●ke sure that there is no spread to other countries.
Antonio Querido●, UN FAO representative in Uganda, said international organizations● are providing technical support and mobilizing resources 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 naS
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 received, said Lowcock.
Irandu suggested that inn
ten●sified international efforts should be made to 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 ●have called for the investment in research to contain the impacts o●f climate change, including the locusts invasion.
A swarm of deser●t locusts invade parts of Mwingi Town in Kitui County, Kenya, Feb. ●20, 2020. (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 office3