FAO :: Locust Watch :: Activities :: Innovation
FAO's Desert Locust Information Service (DLIS) is engaged with three dozen academic, research, and private sector partners to continually innovate and harness the latest cutting-edge technologies for improving Desert Locust early warning. The goal is to provide more accurate advice and guidance earlier while streamlining procedures and simplifying messaging.

A number of new technologies have been integrated into DLIS and the national locust programmes. Click on each of the items below to learn more.

Climate predictions
Using six-month rainfall and temperature predictions to forecast locust developments

Digital tools
eLocust3 suite: real-time data transmission from the field to national locust centres

dLocust: long-range drone for mapping vegetation and detecting locusts

Earth observation
Monitoring rainfall, vegetation and soil moisture from space

Emergency operations
EarthRanger: tracking aerial survey and control operations

RAMSES & SWARMS GIS: managing and analysing geo-spatial data

Estimating locust development rates, migration, 3D, and optimal response

FAO early warning system (click to enlarge)