More locust swarms to besiege East African harvest

The harvest in Kenya is likely to coincide with the arrival of a new generation of desert locusts to attack the crops, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Locusts also are swarming in Ethiopia and Somalia, said the FAO.

When city comes to country, livestock go to town to graze

Fast-growing Nairobi, the capital of Kenya and home to 4 million people, is sprawling ever-further into the countryside and "gobbling up chunks of pastureland," says the New York Times. The result is a "growing clan of metropolitan herders" who graze their cattle and goats along four-lane highways, on the lawns of wealthy homeowners or in cemeteries.

Carbon program protects Kenya’s mangroves — and fisheries

In Gazi Bay, Kenya, a carbon-credit program is saving mangrove forests by encouraging fishermen to cash in instead of cutting down trees. As part of the Mikoko Pamoja (Mangroves Together) program, “[l]ocal people who are protecting and replanting mangroves are now selling 3,000 tonnes of carbon credits a year to international buyers, for about $5-$6 a tonne," says Reuters.

In severe drought, Malawi faces food crisis

Malawi is facing a food crisis as the southern Africa region wrestles with drought and high temperatures. Due to record high winter temperatures hitting southern Africa during planting season, Malawi’s corn production fell by 12 percent in April leaving the country short of 1 million tonnes of grain during its worst food crisis in a decade, The East African said.

Sister strain of virulent Ug99 wheat stem rust found in Kenya

Wheat growers in Kenya are battling a variant of the Ug99 rust fungus, which chokes nutrients in the wheat stem and prevents wheat kernels from forming properly.