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of Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana and〓 Wajir," he said. "My crops had done well following t〓he heavy rains and I was looking forward to a bumper 〓harvest but then the locusts came and ate away my hop〓e," Beatrice Ngari, a farmer in Embu, central Kenya, 〓told Xinhua. But Ngari was unaware that it is also th〓e predicament of many farmers across Kenya, Somalia, 〓EthioX

pia, Tanzania, South Sudan and Uganda. The rains〓 between October and January served to provide a favo〓rable environment for locusts to breed and thrive, in〓cluding properly moist soils for them to lay eggs in 〓millions before migration and the consequent lush veg〓etation to eat, according to the FAO. Climate change 〓was to blame for the unusually plentiful rain6

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