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Josephine Abuba, a refugee in Kalobeyei settlement dries cowpeas leaves and tomatoes for her family's future use. Africa is prone to hunger and the covid-19 coronavirus pandemic may not bring anything different. www.theexchange.africa

Africa is prone to hunger crises every so often when disasters strike and with the covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, it may not be different.

In East Africa, for instance, the pandemic hit when farmers are preparing their lands for planting making it a challenge for the region that is also battling a desert locust outbreak.

So, what does this mean to the region which has suffered the brunt of inadequate food supplies which keep dwindling by the day?

For starters, the UN-FAO has warned that the locust outbreak in East Africa is the worst to strike Ethiopia and Somalia for 25 years — for Kenya, in 70 years. Djibouti, Eritrea and Uganda have also been affected.

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“The situation is especially extremely alarming in East Africa, where 20 million people are already considered acutely food insecure. There, the swarms have laid eggs and …