Locust Watch
Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia
Bilateral meetings are being held, during the second half of September 2021, between FAO and...
On 28 July, Experts from Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) countries met for highly technical...
The Automated System for Data Collection (ASDC) was created to facilitate collection of locust information...
Two posters, presenting the biology, ecology and monitoring of the Italian and Moroccan Locusts, have...
On 16-18 March 2021, the second annual regional Workshop on locust data collection, analysis, forecast...

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 during August 2021 Forecast for September 2021
Italian (CIT) and Asian Migratory (LMI) Locusts finished mating and egg-laying in most countries and started to die-off. The situation in August became calm for all species in most countries. A cautious situation with CIT...

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