FAO Liaison Office in New York

Desert Locust briefing

19/01/2021 - 19/01/2021


A desert locust upsurge is still underway in the Greater Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, while the situation returned to normal in Southwest Asia, and the potential spread to West Africa was stopped in July 2020. As anticipated, due to the prevailing favourable breeding conditions and the remaining presence of desert locust in Eastern Africa and Yemen, FAO extended its appeal until June 2021 (six months) focusing on countries currently infested or under imminent threat, namely Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, the Sudan and Yemen. This briefing will be an opportunity to provide a detailed overview of the current desert locust situation, regional and country forecast, and an update on the ongoing response.

FAO will then present at the UN noon briefing which can be viewed here.