Unreported World (S39 Ep3): Swarm Chasers

Unreported World
David and Jacqueline Rabensaolo, Prison Worker Vony and Reporter Datshiane. Picture Publicist: Nathalie Mohoboob Photographer: Production Company/Quicksilver

Alongside coronavirus there’s another plague affecting parts of the world: billions of locusts are swarming across Kenya and neighbouring countries, devouring crops and threatening millions with starvation. Filmed before the UK went into lockdown, reporter Sahar Zand and director Karim Shah travel to Kenya, on the trail of these immense swarms of locusts: the biggest for 70 years. In a country in which agriculture provides a livelihood for more than 80% of the population and where over a million people live on the edge of hunger, even a small swarm can eat the same amount of food in a day as 35,000 people, threatening millions with starvation and economic collapse.

Unreported World (S39 Ep3): Swarm Chasers – Friday 7.30pm on Channel 4