Green fields of hope
In 2020 swarms of desert locusts destroyed crops across a huge region of South Omo, Ethiopia. Climate change is making the weather more erratic and periods of drought, followed by heavy rain, create ideal conditions for locusts to breed, grow and then swarm. In 2020, 4 million hectares of crops, an area equivalent to half the size of Scotland, were eaten by locusts.
Christian Aid Scotland received funding from the Scottish Government’s Humanitarian Emergency Fund to assist in locust control and eradication. Pesticides, training and emergency seeds were provided to those most impacted.
Women like Borgodo Tsobe, pictured, have witnessed plaques of locusts larger than ever before. She said,
“The locusts suddenly came out of nowhere and ate every green plant in their path. They left us nothing.”
Borgodo’s crops were so quickly destroyed she didn’t know if anything would grow again and was worried she wouldn’t be able to feed her family.
In the photo she proudly stands before her field of bright green maize crop, planted from the emergency seeds supplied by Christian Aid, through a local partner.
According to the UN, desert locusts continue to pose a significant threat in East Africa.
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