Locust Watch
Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia
A regional session of the FAO Training on locust monitoring and information management, including the...
The "Practical Guidelines on Pesticide Risk Reduction for Locust Control in Caucasus and Central Asia"...
A locust joint survey involving Armenian, Azeri, Georgian and Russian Locust Experts was carried out...
FAO has launched a Training-of-Trainers (ToT) on locust management to the benefit of Armenia, Azerbaijan,...
This Information Sheet on locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) presents a shared vision...

Locusts and grasshoppers are serious threats for agriculture in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA). Three locust pests, the Italian (CIT), the Moroccan (DMA) and the Migratory (LMI) locusts, jeopardize food security and livelihoods in both regions as well as in adjacent areas of northern Afghanistan and southern Russian Federation. Over 25 million hectares of cultivated areas are potentially at risk.

Locusts have a high capacity to multiply, form groups, migrate over relatively large distances (they can fly up to 100 km per day) and settle and breed in various habitats. These capacities enhance their pest status at regional level. Locust are becoming even more dangerous in the context of exceptional weather events associated with climate change, due to their very high capacity to take advantage of new situations; as an indicator, the locust situation has deteriorated with recurrent droughts since the beginning of the 21st century.

Current Locust Situation

General situation from November 2019 to February 2020 Forecast until late March 2020
Natural cycles of the three locust species – Italian Locust (CIT), Migratory Locust (LMI) and Moroccan Locust (DMA) ended in late summer/early autumn in all countries with eggs laid in the soil, where they overwinter...

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