A child chasing away the locusts in Ongino sub-county in Kumi distrcit [Geoffrey Ojore/Al Jazeera]

Kampala, Uganda – Farmers in Uganda are bracing for a fresh onslaught of desert locusts after two swarms entered the country from neighbouring Kenya last week, threatening to destroy crops and intensify hunger amid the struggle to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Countries across East Africa are battling the worst locust outbreak in decades, with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warning on Wednesday that the situation remained “extremely alarming” as hopper bands and an increasing number of new swarms form in parts of the region.

“This represents an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods because it coincides with the beginning of the long rains and the planting season,”

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