Limited Preparedness: Challenges during Desert Locust Management in Kenya

Gachie Eliud Baraka, Ann Merecia Sirera, George Otieno Ong’amo


Desert locust invasions could lead to serious food insecurity. However, effective and efficient management of the pest is usually faced with a myriad of constraints. This study sought to determine the challenges that Kenya faced during the 2019-2021 Desert locust management operations. The study used a mixed methods approach using ex-post facto evaluation and cross-sectional survey designs. The target population included Desert locust affected persons. Multi-stage stratified and purposive sampling were used to target a sample size of 900 respondents drawn from 30 counties that were affected by Desert locusts. Structured questionnaire and focus group discussion (FGD) were used to collect quantitative and qualitative data that was analysed through descriptive and inferential statistics as well as thematic review. The findings revealed that human resource and geographical challenges had 17% and 16% hindrance to Desert locust management, respectively. Technical and coordination challenges contributed 15% obstruction each; while financial limitations had 13% impediment. Political and sociocultural challenges contributed 12% hinderance each. The concludes that challenges during Desert locust management exacerbated human security risks from Desert locusts. The study recommends continuous capacity development through regular maintenance of equipment, continuous training of personnel and periodic update of preparedness plans.


Challenges; Desert locust;, Food security; Risk; Threat

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