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Food Insecurity in Somalia


A video titled ‘Locust swarm threatens Somalia food crisis’ by AP Archive that discusses the threat of the recent desert locust outbreak to Somalia’s food and crop production. The video also discusses how the rapid maturing of the desert locust may lead to mass breeding and result in further migration to other regions of Africa. The video highlights the fact that since Somalia may already be vulnerable, the locust outbreak could cause additional stress and cause food insecurity.

Students will learn about the link between climate change, changing weather patterns, desert locusts breeding and migration, and food insecurity in Somalia. They will also learn about potential strategies to prevent future outbreaks. Students will further understand the need for international cooperation to tackle the situation.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the impact of the desert locusts outbreak on agriculture and food security in Somalia.
  2. How has climate change caused changes in weather patterns in Somalia?
About Tool
Tool Name Locust swarm threatens Somalia food crisis
Discipline Social Sciences, Geography, Environmental Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Locust Plague, Desert Locust, Food Security, Agriculture
Climate Topic Climate Change and Food Security 
Type of tool Video (5 mins 15 secs)
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Africa, East Africa, Somalia
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by AP Archive
Hosted at YouTube 
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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