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.
Although the situation is currently calm, increased vigilance is required:
(1) November-April: Coastal and interior areas of NE Somalia where ecological conditions are likely to be favourable for Desert Locust survival and breeding for the next 4-6 months as a result of heavy rains from tropical cyclone Megh on 9 November.
(2) November-April: Coastal and interior areas of Shabwah and Hadhramaut governorates in southern Yemen where ecological conditions are likely to be favourable for Desert Locust survival and breeding for the next six months as a result of heavy rains from tropical cyclone Chapala and Megh.
(3) November-June: Tiris-Zemmour region in northern Mauritania, extending into western Algeria as well as southern Morocco and Western Sahara where ecological conditions are likely to remain favourable for Desert Locust breeding and survival for at least the next six months as a result of exceptional rains.
(4) November-March: northern Somalia and southern Red Sea where above-average rains could fall associated with a strong El Niño this year.
For more details, please see the seasonal forecast for Desert Locust winter/spring breeding (Dec 2015 - May 2016) issued on 25 Nov.
(1) Somalia/Yemen: Megh cyclone (9/11/15)
(2) Yemen: Chapala cyclone (4/11/15)
(3) NW Africa: heavy rains (10/15)
(4) Somalia: El Nino