Desert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) represent a major threat for agro-pastoral resources and food security over almost 30 million km 2 from northern Africa to the Arabian peninsula and India. Given the differential food preferences of this insect pest and the extent and remoteness of the their distribution area, near-real-time remotely-sensed information on potential habitats support control operations by narrowing down field surveys to areas favorable for their development and prone to gregarization and outbreaks.

A regular update on the main disease threats monitored and analysed by the FAO/AGAH/GLEWS worldwide. This intelligence report contains relevant analysis of disease information collected by FAO GLEWS from official and informal sources and prepared with the kind support of donors to enhance global early warning and surveillance for animal diseases.

The global disease intelligence report highlights also a description of possible drivers of animal diseases incursion or spread and forecasts risk of animal diseases based on risk assessment activities conducted by the animal health service for different health threats.

The potential exposure and spread of ebola virus. The outputs from this rapid qualitative exposure and release assessment are highlighted in the report.

The potential spread of the influenza A(H7N9) virus and human exposure. New outputs since the previous preliminary risk assessments published in June 2013 and in January 2014 are highlighted in the report.

Towards integrated and effective animal health–food safety surveillance capacity development in Eastern Africa.