Crisis alongside crisis: Locust swarms threaten the food security and livelihoods of millions, while COVID-19 complicates response efforts
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Millions of people’s food security and livelihoods are under threat from historic locust swarms that are decimating cropland in East Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. As affected countries work to respond, experts tell the Development Podcast that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is complicating response efforts. With the World Bank stepping up to support countries, we hear from two of the experts behind the $500 million (USD) program – Afrah Al-Ahmadi and Melissa Williams. We also take a listener's question about the Bank's Young Professionals Program. Send your questions to [email protected] It all comes to you from the World Bank in Washington, DC and around the world. Listen, rate, review and subscribe! Show notes: Behind the Mission: World Bank Young Professionals discuss their experience: ( The Young Professionals Program homepage: (
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