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 November–December 2016:
(1) Mauritania: an outbreak has developed in the west and northwest from summer breeding that occurred in the south and perhaps supplemented by small swarms arriving from N Mali. Breeding will occur between October and December in NW Mauritania and extend into the Western Sahara of southern Morocco. Consequently, groups of hoppers and adults and small hopper bands and swarms are expected during the next three months. All efforts should be undertaken to monitor the situation intensively and undertake control as necessary.
(2) Sudan: an outbreak has developed in the Baiyuda Desert where hopper groups and bands formed in October and were starting to form adult groups by the end of the month. More groups and perhaps a few small swarms will form in November and are expected to move to northeast Sudan and adjacent areas of southeast Egypt where heavy rains fell in late October. This will allow the adults to mature rapidly and lay eggs that will hatch by mid-December. Additional infestations may be present between the Nile Valley and the Red Sea Hills.