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nternational 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, saidw

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 nat●ional emergency. Irandu said that the present invasion is 8

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yond 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 milliov

n 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 inten●sified international efforts should be made to coordinate aerial sp●rays, share scientific knowledge on breeding and migratory hal

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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 prU

ograms to ensure unifo●rmity in progress," said Edward Mungai, chief executive officer of ●Kenya Climate Innovation Center. N

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