Save Starving Populations from Plague of Locusts

Target: David Robert Malpass, President of the World Bank

Goal: Financially combat food shortages caused by locust plagues.

The dreaded “plague of locusts” referenced in many literary and historical texts has become a modern-day devastating reality in Kenya. This African country, which already has an estimated 20 million citizens suffering from food insecurity, now combats prolonged drought and the swarms of grasshopper-like locusts that can emerge under environmental stress. As a result, millions more citizens, including vulnerable youth, could soon stand on the dangerous precipice of starvation.

Locusts are notorious for decimating crops, which proves particularly destructive in societies reliant on agriculture for food and sustenance. Livestock also suffer because their food supply is ravaged. During the current locust plague in Kenya, for example, goats cannot obtain the nutrients necessary to produce milk….a major source of nourishment for young children. The World Bank has pledged some emergency funding to help mitigate this crisis. The money, however, only covers about half the aid needed with looming food shortages,

Sign this petition to urge the World Bank to pledge more support that will curb a threatening humanitarian catastrophe.


Dear Mr. Malpass,

The World Bank has promised millions in funds to aid in the devastation caused by locust plagues in Kenya. Much of this money will go to controlling the swarms, but the expected shortfalls in food from the current plague present a more imminent and dangerous emergency. Funds to address the resulting food insecurity will fall far short if more aid is not provided.

Every day in Kenya, upwards of 20 million human beings go to bed hungry. The world cannot forget these citizens. No more men, women, or small children should grapple with starvation due to lack of caring and empathy. Additional funds could provide a very literal lifeline for these citizens in the form of increased education about detrimental pesticide use and, more importantly, in the form of life-sustaining food and support.

Please offer that lifeline and that caring, helping, hand.


[Your Name Here]

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