An overview of current Desert Locust outbreaks and other important infestations that pose a potential threat to agriculture and food security is presented. Select the particular threat from the list on the left for more details. The threats are updated on a regular basis as new information and data arrive at FAO and are analysed by DLIS. Once the threat has passed, the information can be found in the Archives section.
There are currently two threats for January–March 2017:
(1) Saudi Arabia: an outbreak developed on the central and southern Red Sea coast in late 2016 from good rains that fell from July to mid-September that allow two generations of breeding to occur so far. The situation was further complicated by irregular and incomplete monitoring during the period. Hopper bands formed in January that could lead to small swarms in February. All efforts should be undertaken to monitor the situation intensively and undertake control to prevent further breeding and migration to spring breeding areas.
(2) Mauritania: an outbreak developed in the west and northwest from summer breeding that occurred in the south and perhaps supplemented by small swarms arriving from N Mali. Control operations were undertaken but infestations spread to adjacent areas of southern Morocco and Western Sahara. Although the situation may appear to have eased for the moment, this could be due to low temperatures. Therefore, intensive monitoring efforts should be maintained, especially as temperatures warm up in the coming months.
Elsewhere, close monitoring is required in Yemen where chronic insecurity hampers survey and control operations, and on the Red Sea coast in Eritrea where there was an earlier outbreak.