Improving national and regional locust management in Caucasus and Central Asia

Improving national and regional locust management in Caucasus and Central Asia
Jul 2015

Locusts and grasshoppers pose a serious threat to agriculture in Caucasus and Central Asia. During outbreaks, the three main locust pests (Italian, Moroccan and Migratory Locusts) attack all types of crops and plants. More than 25 million hectares of cultivated areas can be affected and locusts can jeopardize food security and livelihoods of more than 20 million people. To safeguard food security and the livelihood of rural populations through reduction of locust outbreaks and upsurges, FAO initiated the “Programme to improve national and regional locust management in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA)” in 2011.