Over the years, FAO has carried out various activities in desert locust early warning and prevention. The Locust Watch provides information on the activities aimed at strengthening the national and regional capacities of the affected countries to monitor, prevent, and manage the Desert Locust.
This is useful in understanding the locust behavior, environmental conditions that can influence locust life cycles, and tested and proven locust control and management practices used in different regions as well as adopting innovative approaches in monitoring and controlling desert locust.
The potential impacts of climate change are under investigation. These pages will be continually updated as new information becomes available.
Climate Change and Desert Locust
El Niño and Desert Locust
Desert Locust Information Service (DLIS)
eLocust3 is a handheld device used by national field officers during survey and control operations in countries affected by the Desert Locust
The basic components that are required for any early warning system to be effective and reliable
The Desert Locust Information Service (DLIS) at FAO Headquarters (Rome, Italy)
Handheld device for locust officers to record survey and control results in the field and transmit them via satellite to their National Locust Centres
Innovative Google technology and free new tools: Google Earth Pro, My Maps, Fusion Tables, and Google Earth Engine, already used by FAO Forestry and being extended for Desert Locust
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.