Locust Watch
Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia
Twenty Locust Experts from different regions of Armenia benefitted from a training on locust monitoring...
A brainstorming on the development of a monitoring system of the quality and impact of...
A demonstration/trial on biopesticides use against locusts is being organized by FAO to the benefit...
The first cross-border survey of the 2023 locust campaign in Central Asia was held between...
As the locust campaign is about to start, most Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) countries...

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 April 2023 Forecast for May 2023
Moroccan Locust (DMA) hatching and hopper development was in progress in all Central Asian (CA) countries as well as in Azerbaijan and in Georgia. Critical situation in several north and north-east provinces of Afghanistan and...

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