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Plague of locusts in Madagascar

28 March 2013 Last updated at 10:15 GMT

A severe plague of locusts has infested about half of Madagascar, threatening crops and raising concerns about food shortages, a UN agency says.

The UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said billions of the plant-devouring insects could cause hunger for 60% of the population.

About $22m (£14.5m) was urgently needed to fight the plague in a country where many people are poor, the FAO added.

Footage courtesy of the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (June 2012)