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Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia
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...
The last and tenth annual Workshop on Locusts in CCA was successfully held on 19-23...
This calendar provides some practical advices on safety measures to be adopted by local populations,...
The Information Sheet on locust management in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) provides an overview...

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 March, 2019 Forecast until mid-May 2019
Moroccan Locust (DMA) hatching started later than last year in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (and probably Turkmenistan), as a result of a cool and wet weather in early spring. In Kyrgyzstan, DMA hatching started in...

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