In the eye of the swarm: the growing threat of the desert locust

The first five weeks of 2020 have been a tumultuous time for the wider Middle East. Adding to the long list of the region’s woes is a new threat that has its origins as much in the natural world as the political one. A plague of locusts unlike any seen for decades is jeopardising the bulk of agricultural output of more than a dozen nations spanning from Egypt to India. Although there has been a flurry of press coverage and pleas for assistance from the nations involved, still not enough attention has been devoted to addressing the issue.

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