World Bank approves a 4.6 billion shillings credit for Kenya to fight locusts

The World Bank Board of Directors has approved a 4.6 billion shillings International Development Assistance credit for Kenya, as part of a larger regional Emergency Locust Response Project to respond to the threat posed by the desert locust outbreak and to strengthen Kenya’s system for preparedness.

Kenya is facing the worst desert locust invasion in 70 years, that has affected the already vulnerable northern region of the country.

The locust swarms, which crossed into Kenya from Ethiopia and Somalia on the 28th of December last year, and have since spread to 28 counties, pose a severe food security threat to about 3 million people.

World Bank Country Director for Kenya, Felipe Jaramillo says the Kenya component of the project will provide immediate surveillance and locust management measures to halt the spread of the pests.