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Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia
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...
The last and tenth annual Workshop on Locusts in CCA was successfully held on 19-23...

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 July 2019 Forecast until mid-September 2019
Hot and dry weather accelerated die-off of the Moroccan Locust (DMA) everywhere, with some limited swarm flights still occurring in Tajikistan. Italian Locust (CIT) and Migratory Locust (LMI) hopper development completed, followed by mating and...

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