Ethiopian Farmers Battle Devastating Locust Invasion

Farmers in Ethiopia’s Tigray region battled a devastating desert locust invasion on October 5.

Media reported the insects had damaged about 200,000 hectares (500,000 acres) of land since January, as the country continued to struggle with food insecurity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Tigray Development Association (TDA) told Storyful the regional state was facing the worst desert locust swarm outbreak in decades.

“The swarms are extremely dangerous and threatening the lives and livelihood of millions of people in the region, destroying the food security and all the other positive developments made during the last two to three decades. Given the COVID-19 disaster, the people are now subjected to a ‘double pandemic’” said the Executive Director of Tigray Development Association, Aklilu Hailemichael. Credit: Tigray Development Association (TDA) via Storyful