The second wave of locusts has come to Africa.

Weeks before the coronavirus spread through much of the world, parts of Africa were already threatened by another kind of plague, the biggest locust outbreak some countries had seen in 70 years.

Now the second wave of the voracious insects, some 20 times the size of the first, is arriving.

Consider only average North Americans (Canadians and Americans) who aren't directly linked to Africa. I'll call them ANA for short. E.g. they don't work or fly or visit there, and got no family or friends there.

Obviously we ought donate as much as we can, but here I just ask the economic effects of these locusts, not humanitarian or moral. How can these waves of locusts economically affect such ANAs?

ANAs use almost nothing from Africa like consumer essentials like cars, electronics, food, medications, petrol. And anything imported from Africa can probably be substituted with imports not from Africa. These locusts will further hamper the tourism industry in Africa, but again this doesn't affect ANAs.


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