In the coming days or weeks, their bodies will turn from pink to yellow, their wings will harden and, if nothing is done to stop them, they will begin to swarm, with disastrous consequences for agricultural production and the environment.
Heavy rains over the last month have led to overflowing rivers and lakes and mudslides, with Kenya particularly impacted. Almost 200 people have lost their lives and according to the Kenyan Red Cross, while hundreds of thousands have been internally displaced since the rainy season began in March.
We are in a battle against time to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. While tackling the Coronavirus pandemic has grabbed global attention, a new crisis that could claim a lot more lives is brewing in Africa: massive locust invasions.
Already being ravaged by the worst infestation of desert locusts in 70 years, East African economies are now staring down the barrel of the coronavirus pandemic.
It is over two months now since locusts started to swarm across East Africa, destroying crops and increasing the prospects of a major food crisis. Pest Management Specialist, Sir Gordon Conway joins CNBC Africa to share his insights into how they can be dealt with.
For the past few weeks, locusts have been swarming across East Africa with farmers in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya now counting losses. The devastating insects are moving fast through the region and have reached Tanzania and Uganda. Masokoyi Wasswa, Chief Administrative Officer of Amudat District which is one of the areas affected, joins CNBC Africa for more.