Locust Watch
Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia
The new “Project for Improvement of Locust Management (Phase 2)” was launched on 1st December...
The Technical Workshop on Locusts in CCA was successfully held in November, as every year...
A Refresher Course on locust monitoring and information management, including the Automated System for Data...
These Practical Guidelines contain detailed information on the biology, ecology, and behavior of the Italian...
The “Project for Improvement of Locust Management (Phase 2)” was signed in late July 2020...

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 2020 Forecast for September 2020
Italian and Asian Migratory Locusts (CIT and LMI) finished mating and egg-laying and started to die-off in most countries and generally, the situation was calm. In five countries – Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan...

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The Russian Federation