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CABI and ASARECA sign MoU to Strengthen Agricultural Research for Development

The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) and CABI have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will enable both organisations to jointly work towards promoting their shared objectives and areas of strategic focus in Eastern and Central Africa.The signed MoU formalises and strengthens a long-standing partnership that has existed for over a decade, with each of the organisations individually or collectively contributing to numerous...


Desert Locust Invasion Update; 2nd June 2020

The locust invasion situation in East Africa remains alarming as new swarms from current breeding are expected to form from mid-June onwards, coinciding with the start of the harvest season.Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia continue to face unprecedented threat to food security as the region battles with the impacts of COVID 19, ravaging floods in addition to the locust invasion. There is a risk that the new swarms will spread across the...


Desert Locust Invasion Update: 1st May 2020

The United Nations has predicted that the second wave of locusts expected in June-July in East Africa could be 20 times worse Delays in obtaining pesticides, helicopters, and other vital supplies have set back efforts to combat East Africa’s worst desert locust outbreak in decades. Speaking to the UN Security Council last week, David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme, mentioned the locusts as one of the reasons 2020 could see the world facing...


Desert Locust Invasion Update : 20 February 2020

Over 2,000 locusts have swarmed into South Sudan. The locusts crossed into southern Magwi county, on the border with Uganda. Scientists have said that their deep yellow color indicate that the locusts are mature and looking for breeding grounds that would form the basis of the next major infestation.  The soil in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria has a sandy nature that allows the locusts to lay eggs easily,


Desert Locust Invasion Update: 14 February 2020

Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya, Sudan, and most recently Uganda and Tanzania, are faced with a desert locust outbreak, with Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya most affected. Ethiopia is likely to be hit the hardest by infestation. While giant swarms have been reported in Kenya and smaller ones in Djibouti, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia, Ethiopia is the only country among them where adolescent or gregarious swarms are expected to descend en...