Locust Watch
Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia
Twenty-five locust scouts from different northern provinces of Afghanistan benefitted from an online training on...
The report of the annual Technical Workshop on Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA),...
The FAO Team working on locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia wishes to congratulate all...
The Technical Workshop on Locusts in CCA gathers in Bishkek the Caucasus and Central Asian...
Based on a request from the Agency for Quarantine and Plant Protection (AQPP), Uzbekistan, the...

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 from November 2023 till end of January 2024 Forecast until mid-March 2024
Natural cycles of the three main locust species in the Caucasus and Central Asian (CCA) region – Moroccan Locust (DMA), Italian Locust (CIT) and Asian Migratory Locust (LMI) – ended in late summer/early autumn. The...

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