The East Africa Locust Plague

The East Africa Locust Plague

Locusts are eating away years of development work funded by generous Australians! 
Children will be hardest hit with food shortages, malnutrition and forced absence from school


What is World Vision doing to stop the locusts?

Desert Locusts Swarm East Africa - World Vision Australia

But these efforts are not enough!

  • The swarms are multiplying, moving fast and overwhelming local, unprepared communities

  • World Vision is appealing for support from Governments of developed nations, including Australia

  • We need more public awareness and support for humanitarian aid to be deployed immediately to respond to the devastating plague

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7 Things You Need to Know About Locusts

Photos from the Locust Plague:

The urgent need:

  • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) needs US$76 million to help mount a comprehensive response to the locust infestation in East Africa. 

  • FAO has so far only raised US$22 million out of the US$76 million needed
  • If we do nothing now, the World Food Program will need up to 15 times that amount – more than US$1 billion
  • If left unchecked the devastation could further threaten the food security of up to an additional 13 million people.

  • Visit the FAO's Desert Locust Situational Update for the latest news about swarms in East Africa and other Hot Spots 
Desert Locusts Swarm East Africa - World Vision Australia

A small swarm of desert locusts can eat the plaguing East Africa can eat the food of 35,000 people in just one day