Officials from the UN’s Food and Agriculture (FAO) agency warn that, if left unchecked, the “unprecedented” desert locust swarms—which in one day can fly nearly 100 miles and eat the same amount of food as roughly 35,000 people
—could continue to grow and descend to other countries in East Africa.
“This has become a situation of international dimensions that threatens the food security of the entire subregion,” said FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu in a statement
But Avery has an unlikely ally in his efforts to protect 42,000 square kilometers of Kenya’s northern and coastal community land.
Using technology they employ to track and protect their critically endangered black rhinos, elephants and other species at risk, Avery and Northern Rangelands Trust technology partner, 51 Degrees Limited
, are using EarthRanger to help track the locust swarms. This real-time monitoring software can visualize the swarms by tracking its size, location, breeding sites and collect any other useful information.