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Vast Locust Swarm Casts Shadow Over East African Food Security

  • FAO has warned number of insects may grow 500 times by June
  • Kenya intensifying aerial spraying to halt spread of insects
Locusts swarm from ground vegetation in Samburu county, Kenya, on Jan. 22.

Locusts swarm from ground vegetation in Samburu county, Kenya, on Jan. 22.

Photographer: Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

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The worst desert-locust plague in Kenya in 70 years is threatening to spread further into East Africa, jeopardizing food security.