The African Development Bank (AfDB) approved a $1.5 million emergency grant to curb desert locusts ravaging East and Horn of Africa since 2019, the bank announced on Thursday.

“The proposed assistance will be channeled to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which has been mandated to mobilize resources on behalf of the African Union,” the AfDB said in a statement.

The beneficiaries of the emergency grant are Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, and Tanzania, according to the statement.

The AfDB said the funds will be used to control the spread of the current locust invasion,

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