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.
An outbreak developed in the interior of northern Sudan where hopper bands and adult groups and swarms formed in October. Groups and swarms moved to the Red Sea coast, laid eggs that hatched and gave rise to hopper bands in January and new adult groups and swarms in February, supplemented by additional swarms arriving from a separate outbreak in Eritrea. So far, nearly 184,000 ha have been treated by ground and air.
An outbreak developed on the Red Sea coast in November as a result of good rainfall and breeding conditions. Intensive survey and control operations continue against hopper groups and bands, and adult groups and swarms that have formed in breeding areas.