Desert locust in Yemen

Jul 2019

Desert Locust summer breeding, amplified by heavy rains, can pose a serious threat to agricultural production areas of Yemen, Sudan, Eritrea and parts of Ethiopia and northern Somalia during the next three months, FAO warned today. This could result in potentially adverse impacts on the agricultural seasonal yields and local economies affecting food security and livelihoods of the populations in the countries concerned.

Yemen, the world's current worst humanitarian crisis, is the most concerned and at highest risk because of widespread hopper band infestations and heavy rainfall that will cause swarms to form from this week onwards, which could give rise to another generation of breeding by the end of August if weather conditions remain favourable to locust breeding.

In Yemen, survey and control operations are hindered by insecurity in locust breeding areas and insufficient capacities such as equipment and operating funds. To partially address this, FAO has rapidly mobilized $100 000, thanks to a contribution from Belgium through the Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA), and $200 000 from its own resources to mount a much-needed anti-locust campaign. FAO is already implementing a number of urgent measures to support surveillance and control operations in the breeding areas.

Author: FAO/Yemen