Kenya is set to receive Sh300 million from Russia to help fight against desert locusts.

The Russian government has said it will contribute an equivalent of $3 million to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), that will be used in response to the worst desert locust crisis in Kenya in over 70 years.

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FAO had warned of a strong second wave of desert locusts brought by the recent rains.

The organization said that the wave, coming at the onset of the long rains and the planting season, presents a significant threat to the country’s food security and livelihoods.

Kenya is currently fighting COVID-19 and at the same time as floods continue to cause havoc across the country with hundreds of people displaced and left homeless. The funds from Russia are aimed at helping the country fight the pandemics in order for the country to get back to its feet.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta arrive in Sochi, Russia, to attend the inaugural Russia-Africa Summit. Image: PSCU