As Germany’s Deutsche Welle (DW) noted in a grim report on Wednesday, food shortages threaten to trigger even more violence as battle lines are drawn over livestock and grazing lands.
As the locust plague spreads beyond Africa, some are trying to turn the tables by eating the locusts.
CNBC on Thursday noted the severe economic damage from the locust plague, such as the destruction of Ethiopia’s vital coffee and tea crops, which make up 30 percent of the country’s exports.
Kenya’s economic fate may be decided by exactly where those fast-moving locust swarms decide to go next.
As analysts explained to CNBC, the locusts have mostly afflicted northern Kenya, far from where its major export crops are grown, resulting in food insecurity for the local population but relatively little financial damage.