In today’s podcast episode, Terrell Spencer and Jonathan Webster join JB Shreve to discuss the plague of locusts currently descending upon East Africa.

Basic Facts – Plague of Locusts

  • The locust plague swarm began arriving in East Africa from Yemen about three months ago.
  • 70,000 Hectares of farmland in Ethiopia and Somalia already destroyed.
  • According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), locust swarms of one square kilometer can eat the same amount of food in one day as about 35,000 people.
  • Locusts eat their own body weight in food every day.
  • The swarm of locusts in East Africa is breeding so fast, their numbers could increase 500 times by June.
  • Somalia has already declared a state of emergency.
  • Kenya has not experienced a locust plague of this magnitude for more than 70 years.
  • Somalia and Ethiopia have not experienced this magnitude of a locust swarm for more than a quarter-century.

This is a major event and crisis hitting the nations of East Africa and for some reason that we cannot explain – it is barely covered in the media today.

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JB Shreve is the author of "How the World Ends: Understanding the Growing Chaos." He has been the host of the End of History podcast since 2012. He has degrees in International Relations and Middle East Studies. His other books include the Intelligence Brief Series. Regular posts and updates from JB Shreve are available at www.theendofhistory.net