Farmers in Turkana Kenya face an existential crisis.
For much of the past year out-of-control swarms of locusts,have rampaged through this impoverished region,eating fields of crops and leaving little to sell or feed the farm animals.
Our elders talked about desert locusts, but this is the first time Ive seen them.
A mother of seven Anna Amari says locusts deprive animals of the food,they need to produce the milk she serves to her family.
It takes several days and we add water to the milk to make enough for the children.
Locusts have so far eaten as much as 20 percent of the crops in this region,prompting the UN food and agriculture organization,to train local youth to monitor and report on locust migrations.
Pastor and local livestock organization member Moses Arang cautiously puts hope in faith.
I know if the desert locusts disappear and god gives us a little bit of rain, the pasture will return.
But if it doesnt rain for a month and the hoppers finish the pasture,the livestock will suffer and die from hunger and disease.
Local agriculture officials say farmers alone cannot solve the locust infestation.
Theyre calling for aid from the government and non-profit groups.
If more isnt done and fast experts say the people in East Africa could face food insecurity by December.
Arash Arabasadi voa news Washington