Kenya is dealing with a locust plague. The little insects are devastating local farms. Many are worried they will cause a food crisis.
- grasshopper – a plant-eating insect that has long legs used for jumping
- locust – a type of grasshopper that travels in very large groups and eats all there is
- locust plague – a large number of harmful locusts
- to devour – to quickly eat all there is
- to cause havoc – to cause great destruction
- swarm – a very large number of insects moving together
- in decades – in 20, 30 or 40 years (decade = 10 years)
- food security – situation in which there is enough to eat
- livelihood – the money you need to pay for food, a place to live, etc.
- to trigger – to cause to happen
- cyclones – large mighty wind storms
- to decrease – to become smaller in number
- soil – the top layer of earth in which plants grow
- the entire population of Kenya – all the people living in Kenya
- aerial spraying – flying over an area in an airplane and spreading small drops of water of chemicals over the area
- to prevent – to stop something from happening or existing
- for eons – for a very long period of time
- Why are the locusts a problem?
- How far can the locusts travel in a day?
- According to experts, what is the cause of the locust swarms?
- Why is the wet weather great for the locusts?
- What is the most effective way to control a locust plague?