Locust threat in West Africa remains extremely serious UN agency warns

Despite control measures, large numbers of locust swarms in West Africa have caused severe damage to the region’s harvest, while new groups are likely headed towards the continent’s northwest, according to the latest update from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).During September the swarms that formed in Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso also reached parts of Western Sahara, Cape Verde, Mali, Niger and Libya.The movement now towards northwest Africa threatens to cause damage on a larger scale than occurred in February, FAO said.The agency said it has $14.7 million in cash, and another $40 million pledged, towards the $100 million needed for programmes.

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