During 2013, four nearly simultaneous outbreaks developed in the Central Region in winter breeding areas along both sides of the Red Sea and in the Horn of Africa in Eritrea, northern Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
All of these outbreaks were brought under control because of intensive survey and control operations carried out by the national locust programmes in the affected countries, supported by the FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region (CRC) with technical advice from the Desert Locust Information Service (DLIS) at FAO Headquarters. Consequently, the situation did not deteriorate further and swarms were prevented from migrating to other countries and regions; hence, an upsurge was avoided.
These efforts are a good example of the successful implementation of early warning and preventive control.
Details of each outbreak are presented.