Desert Locust situation remains calm in all countries
Good rains and at least two generations of breeding will be required this summer before populations increase in the traditional summer breeding areas in the northern Sahel of West Africa and Sudan, and along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border. So far, rains are late to arrive in the Sahel, except in central Niger and eastern Mali, while monsoon rains commenced some one to three weeks earlier than normal in India and Pakistan.
Once the summer rains start, small-scale breeding will occur in the northern Sahel between Mauritania and western Eritrea.
Therefore, regular surveys should commence shortly in all summer breeding areas but some places such as northern Mali, Darfur and the interior of Yemen will remain inaccessible due to insecurity.