FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa

Interregional Training on the Biopesticides Use for Locust Control


The Interregional Training on the Biopesticides Use for Locust Control supports FAO's efforts to promote biopesticides in locust control and advocate for its registration as a crucial pillar of the FAO's locust preventive control strategy.

The training aims to share experience, lessons learned on the use of biopesticides, and the registration process and train the participants on the handling and field application of the biopesticides.

The training will be held in Agadir, Morocco and is organized in collaboration with the Near East Plant Protection Organization (NEPPO), the Regional Desert Locust Control Commissions in Western Region (CLCPRO) and Central Region (CRC), and the National Centre of Locust Control in Morocco.

A technical locust control officer with field experience in locust control and pesticide application techniques will participate in this event from the below listed countries:

CRC Region: Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Oman and Yemen

CLCPRO Region: Algeria, Chad, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania and Niger

East Africa: Somalia and Kenya


Biopesticides for locust control

Biopesticides repurpose nature's tools and use them against pests. One popular bio toolset is microbes, meaning bacteria, fungi and viruses that affect critters. In particular, fungi of the Metarhizium acridum family have proven to be very effective in controlling locusts and killing hoppers and adults within a week or 10 days.

The benefits of using Biopesticides

One significant benefit of biopesticides is that they only target specific insects. That means biopesticides for locust control don't affect non-target insects or organisms, which can continue going about their business pollinating plants and supporting the ecosystem. Because biopesticides don't hurt other wildlife and have no adverse effects on plants, they can be used in nature reserves, wetlands and other areas with bodies of water.