Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles the Horn of Africa started 2020 amid clouds of desert Locusts on is set to end the year the same way, with the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization warning that extensive breeding is giving rise to a new generation of the crop devouring pest. Did you? Despite what the F a O calls an unprecedented large scale response campaign, Locusts have remained a persistent threat, something Fatima Abby del Mar, a farmer in Ethiopia's Somali region, knows all too well. Her community has been invaded by the swarms three times this year. It has caused problems on our farm, and we couldn't produce the number of bags of Bali that we used to harvest from the field. Now we have a problem in the family. What to give the kids onto the animals because the remaining green leaves aren't enough for them, and there are no cereals for the kids. The F A O says more than 3.2 million acres of locust infestations have been treated since January on that control operations have prevented the loss of 800 million U. S. Dollars worth of cereal, enough to feed 18 million people a year. But unusually heavy rains have created the ideal conditions for extensive readings on swarms are already forming and threatening to spread. For communities across the Horn of Africa, that means starting 2021 without enough food. In Ethiopia alone, the F A O estimates that nearly 13 million people will face acute food insecurity in the first half of the year.