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Plant Production and Protection

Title Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in South-West Asia (SWAC)
Code AGP-701
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Legal Framework
Article of Constitution

Article XIV


The Agreement for the establishment of the Commission was approved by the Conference at its Twelfth Session (1963, Resolution 44/63) on the recommendations of the meetings of the FAO Member Nations directly concerned (Teheran, 1962 and Rome, 1963) and of the FAO Desert Locust Control Committee at its Eighth Session (1963). It came into force on 15 December 1964 and was amended by the Commission at its Twelfth Session (1977), with subsequent approval of the Council at its Seventy-second Session (1977, Resolution 5/72). It was further amended by the Commission at its 22nd Session (2000), with subsequent approval of the Council at its 121st Session.

Rules of Procedure

General Rules of the Organization.

Category Cat. 1

To carry out all possible measures to control plagues of the Desert Locust within their countries and to reduce crop damage by adopting the following essential procedures:

  • Maintaining permanent locust information and reporting services;
  • maintaining an adequate permanent locust control service;
  • holding reserves of insecticides and application equipment;
  • encouraging and supporting training, survey and research work, including, where appropriate, the maintenance of national research stations for the study of the Desert Locust, considered desirable by the Commission and compatible with the resources of the country;
  • participating in the implementation of any common policy of locust control or prevention which may be approved by the Commission;
  • facilitating the storage of any items of anti-locust equipment and insecticides held by the Commission and permitting their duty-free import or export without hindrance, as well as facilitating their free movement within the country;
  • providing the Commission with any information it may request to implement its functions effectively.

Member Nations and Associate Members of the Organization in the Region as accept the Agreement in accordance with Article XV thereof.  Other Nations situated in the Region that are Members of the United Nations any of its Specialized Agencies or the International Atomic Energy Agency may be admitted as Members by a two-thirds majority of the Commission's membership.  Membership entails the obligation to contribute to the Commission's budget in accordance with a scale of contributions determined by the Commission.

Number of Members 4
List of Members
  • Afghanistan
  • India
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • Pakistan
Languages English
Document symbol AGP:SWAC
Division Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP)
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Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in South-West Asia

First Session December 1964
Pattern of sessions 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014