2019–20 East Africa locust infestation

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Since June 2019, a desert locust outbreak has been impacting East Africa.[1]

As of January 2020, the outbreak is affecting Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia. The infestation "presents an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods in the Horn of Africa," according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.[2] Rising sea surface temperatures (cf. the Indian Ocean Dipole) tip the scales in favor of circulation patterns like the one that set the stage for the desert locust outbreak. Keith Cressman, senior locust forecasting officer with the Food and Agriculture Organization said, he thinks, "we can assume there will be more locust outbreaks and upsurges in the Horn of Africa.”[3][4]


  1. ^ "Horn of Africa: Locust Infestation - Oct 2019". ReliefWeb.
  2. ^ "Africa's Worst Locust Plague in Decades Threatens Millions". The Wall Street Journal. 31 January 2020.
  3. ^ Stone, Madeleine (2020-02-14). "A plague of locusts has descended on East Africa. Climate change may be to blame". National Geographic. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  4. ^ Ahmed, Kaamil (2020-03-20). "Locust crisis poses a danger to millions, forecasters warn". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-03-21.

3. "In Pictures: Desert locusts swarm parts of East Africa". Aljazeera. 18 February 2020.