Advisory: Desert Locust Crisis in Kenya

  |   Posted: February 26, 2020   |   Updated: June 17, 2020

Update #3: June 15, 2020

Kenya continues to face an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods due to new swarms of locusts in multiple areas of the country. The government continues ground and aerial control operations. Since the government is managing the locust disaster, The Compassion National Office is continuing to monitor the situation and disseminate migration pattern information to the Child Development Centers. Appropriate interventions will be identified and implemented for the affected families.

Please pray for the protection of beneficiaries and families, as well as provision to recover their losses.

Update #2: April 21, 2020

The locust crisis is still affecting much of the northern and central parts of Kenya. New swarms are developing and causing more food insecurity, as this is the beginning of the long rains and planting season. The national government is managing the disaster.

To date, two Child Development Centers and 347 beneficiaries have been affected. The Kenya National Office staff continue to monitor the situation and share locust migration patterns with the Child Development Centers. Crisis Intervention funds may be used to support the affected families.

Please continue to pray for the protection of crops and land farmed by the beneficiaries and their families.

Update #1: February 26, 2020

Locust swarms continue to be in the northern and central areas of Kenya. New swarms are spreading into the eastern area, Rift Valley, as well as Western Kenya. The government continues ground and aerial control operations. So far, two Child Development Centers (CDCs) and 311 beneficiaries have been affected. Some beneficiaries are not attending the programs, as they are with their families trying to “chase away” the locusts. The families are very stressed as they experience losses to their already strained livelihoods. The kitchen garden of one CDC was destroyed. The Compassion Kenya National Office is disseminating information about locust migration patterns, and continuing needs assessments with appropriate response for the affected families.

Please pray for the families that have already lost their crops and those that are at risk of losing their crops.

Disaster Alert: January 28, 2020

Swarms of locusts continue to spread throughout Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Locust swarms are currently in the North, Northeast and Central areas of Kenya and ground and aerial control operations are in progress in Northern Kenya. So far, no Child Development Centers (CDCs) or beneficiaries have been affected. The Compassion Kenya National Office staff and the CDCs are monitoring the situation and assessing the potential impact.

Please pray for protection of the beneficiaries and their families, especially those that depend on farming as their livelihood. Also, pray for all the populations throughout Kenya that are already food insecure.