The Interview

FAO ‘deeply concerned’ about invasion of locust swarms in East Africa

Dominique Burgeon
Dominique Burgeon © FRANCE 24

It is the worst desert locust outbreak in decades for many countries in East Africa. City-sized locust swarms are attacking crops and threatening the food supply for millions of people. Dominique Burgeon, Director of the Emergencies and Rehabilitation Division at FAO, joins us from the organization’s headquarters in Rome. He points out that the governments of the region are unprepared to fight this scourge, and warns about the need to act now to avoid a full-blown catastrophy.