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Somalia declared the worst desert locust invasion in a quarter-century a national emergency that’s posing a major threat to an already fragile food situation.

Swarms of the insects are breeding in Djibouti, Eritrea and Sudan and have also spread to neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia, where they are devouring swaths of farming and pasture land. Somalia requires surveillance, data collection, reporting and control activities to help contain the pests before the so-called gu’ cropping season that begins in April, the agriculture ministry said in an emailed statement.

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