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UN Food Agency aids Central Asia with locust crisis

Friday 20 May 2011

ROME — The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation said Thursday it will help ten countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus to save farmland from a locust crisis threatening food security for 20 million people. "Locusts are a serious threat for agriculture, food security and livelihoods in both regions, including adjacent areas of northern Afghanistan and the southern Russian Federation," the Rome-based FAO said in a statement.

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Desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria: male (on top) and female (below) mating.

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