1988 brought the Sahel one of the worst locust plagues in 30 years. In Senegal alone, locust swarms cleared two million hectares and destroyed 10% of the nation's harvest.
With interviews and case studies from journalists and farmers across the Sahel, this book brings dramatic statistics to life with an account of experiences of battling to save harvests and livelihoods.
It also raises the question of whether the high-cost, one-off emergency approach creates as many problems as it tackles.
"… tackles the subject clearly, succinctly and objectively… the dossier should be particularly relevant to the non-specialist, such as journalists, decision-makers, NGOs and donor organisations." George Popov, international authority on grasshoppers and locusts in Africa