A record $500m in grants and low-interest loans to reduce and prevent locust attack. And help countries in the Middle East and the Africa to fight swarms of desert locusts that are eating their way across vast swaths of agricultural crops and rangelands. The loan approved by the World Bank.
Some countries will receive $160m immediately, who are in hardest-hit countries. It include four courtries Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
World Bank official Holger Kray, told Reuters a news agency on Thursday. He further added that Yemen, Somalia and other affected countries could tap funds as needed.
And the Horn of Africa finds itself at the epicenter of the worst locust outbreak. And we have seen in a generation, most probably in more than a generation. He added that, noting the new coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating the crisis.
The world bank said, the swarm of the locust have infested twenty-three countries across East Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, the biggest outbreak in seventy years.
And in East Africa, locust swarm threatens food supplies, where nearly 23 million people are facing food shortages.
“The Africa region. Enduring too much loss because of the locust. And the region could tolerate up to $8.5bn in damage and loss to agricultural crop and livestock production by end of year without broad measures to reduce swarm populations and prevent the spread of locust swarm.” Estimated by the World Bank.
They further said that, even with the measures, losses could be as high as $2.5bn.
The desert locusts are very fast in traveling. The swarm locust which damaging the agricultural crops. It can travel up to the speed of one fifty km (95 miles) a day, sometimes in swarms as large as two fifty km (155 miles) across, eating their own body weight in greenery.
Kray further said that, the locusts’ swarm are eating in one day, the amount of food consumed by all Kenyans in 2 days. In kenya.
New programme by World Bank will help farmers, due to the losses by locust attack, herders. And rural households by providing fertiliser and seeds for new crops. And cash transfers to pay for food for people and livestock.
Kray said that, fund investments to strengthen surveillance. And early warning systems to make the region more resilient over the medium- to longer-term.