Desert Locust Projection October 2020. The desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria, is a major migratory pest that causes substantial agricultural damage. Desert Locust situation update 30 December 2020. A medium-size swarm of locusts can eat the same amount of food as the entire population of Kenya, Cressman said, and “that swarm in one day can eat the same amount of food as everybody here in the tri-state area, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. "A typical desert locust swarm can contain up to 150 million locusts per square kilometre," they explained. The locusts are eating the vegetation that supports vibrant herder communities in the region, and Kenya’s Ambassador to the UN Lazarus Amayo warned of the “inherent risk of communal conflict over pastures.”. Uganda has scrambled to respond to the arrival of the biggest locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in decades, while the United Nations warned that the already vulnerable region “simply cannot afford another major shock”. “Also over the weekend, they moved into northeastern Uganda,” he told a news conference at UN headquarters in New York. It’s been estimated that swarms of migratory locusts can cover some 20% of Earth’s land surface and affect the livelihood of 1 in 10 people on the planet. The Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria) is the most destructive migratory pest in the world.In response to environmental stimuli, dense and highly mobile Desert Locust swarms can form. “There is the risk of a catastrophe,” UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told a briefing in New York on Monday, warning that 13 million people already face severe food insecurity – 10 million in places affected by locusts. Scientists lead the fightback. Desert locust situation threat Image: FAO One small mature swarm of desert locusts has arrived near Mandera county in the northeast from Somalia, the … Updated 1524 GMT (2324 HKT) January 25, 2020. Flying adult swarms disperse widely during the daytime, but they densely roost on plants at night. On 21 December, immature swarms from the north first arrived in northeast Kenya where they were seen southwest of Mandera. First wave of swarms invades Kenya. We speak to the people on the front line of the battle to stop the swarms with the help of high-tech solutions. In Pictures: Desert locusts swarm parts of East Africa Locusts have invaded parts of eastern Africa, ravaging crops, decimating pasture and deepening a hunger crisis. “We do have a chance to nip […] A locust outbreak, Cressman says, is a lot like a wildfire: Put it out early, and you're good. CNN's David McKenzie contributed reporting. A swarm can vary from one square kilometer to several hundred square kilometers with up to 80 million adult locusts in each square kilometer of a swarm. The desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria) is a species of locust, a periodically swarming, short-horned grasshopper in the family Acrididae.They are found mainly in Africa, through Arabia and West Asia, and extending into parts of South Asia. An adult desert locust consumes food equaling roughly to its weight -- about two grams every day, which means that even a small swarm of insects will eat food consumed by six elephants, 20 camels, or 35,000 people every day, the FAO said. Nairobi (CNN)The Horn of Africa has been hit by the worst invasion of desert locusts in 25 years, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Friday. If left unchecked, their numbers could grow up to 500 times before drier weather arrives, they say. The most devastating, best-known, and most frequently studied example is the desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria). COVID empties Morocco’s ‘blue pearl’ tourist town, In Pictures: Iran’s military holds first-ever drone drill, In Pictures: COVID mutes New Year’s Eve as world ushers in 2021, Rohingya refugees: From crowded camps to isolated island, Democrats near Senate control after Warnock wins Georgia race, Iran issues Interpol notice for 48 US officials including Trump, How the Gulf crisis spurred Qatar to expand its military, Kim says last five years ‘worst of the worst’ for North Korea, Al Jazeera Centre for Public Liberties & Human Rights. The FAO has escalated the situation to the highest disaster level, leading the agency to put in place a six month emergency action plan and suggest it will take USD $70m to contain the swarms across the region. "Under a worst-case scenario," the invasion could become a plague if it is not contained quickly, the FAO said in a statement. One stumbling block, however, is the availability of weather radar in those regions worst affected by desert locusts, Cressman notes. An emergency government meeting, held hours after the locusts were spotted in Uganda, decided to deploy the military to help with ground-based pesticide spraying, while two planes for aerial spraying will arrive as soon as possible, a statement said. Swarms of desert locusts have destroyed swathes of crops in Kenya and other east African countries this year. Desert Locust situation update - 10 December 2020 Format News and Press Release Source. "This current invasion of desert locust is significantly larger in magnitude and scale than previously experienced in Kenya and across East Africa," said Dr. Stephen Njoka, the Director General of Desert Locust Control Organization. A second wave of locusts threatens crops in East Africa. Aerial spraying is considered the only effective control. Flying adult swarms disperse widely during the daytime, but they densely roost on plants at night. Most agropastoral areas in reproductive stages of crop development have had crops destroyed which will affect crop yield and pasture availability. The desert locust is the most destructive of all food-eating locust species because of its speed and ability to multiply rapidly. The desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria, is a major migratory pest that causes substantial agricultural damage. The locust swarm also has economic and social impacts. Abstract: The desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria, is a major migratory pest that causes substantial agricultural damage. UN officials warn that immediate action is needed before more rainfall in the weeks ahead brings fresh vegetation to feed new generations of locusts. Swarm control operations are generally conducted during the daytime, but night-time control is a significant potential alternative. Unexpected and unpredictable rainfall in northern Kenya that carried into January also continues to enable favorable breeding ground. 7.18 lakh in 1993. A locust swarm can contain as many as 80 million adults. The Horn of Africa has been hit by the worst invasion of desert locusts in 25 years -- and in Kenya, it's the worst in 70 years, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization said Friday. Keith Cressman, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) senior locust forecasting officer, said Kenya has received “waves and waves of swarms” since the beginning of the year from the Horn of Africa, and “over the weekend they moved on the side of Mount Kilimanjaro across the border into Tanzania”. The infestation is the worst U.N. officials say they have seen in 25 years, despite chemical spraying to combat the insects During population surge years, they … The invasion poses an unprecedented threat to food security in the entire sub region, where more than 19 million people in East Africa are already experiencing a high degree of food insecurity, the agency said. The greater Horn of Africa region witnessed one of its worst ever Desert Locust infestations, earlier this year. The FAO reports the decadal economic impacts of locust plagues since the 1920s. Swarm of locusts in a field in Damoh, Madhya Pradesh, on May 27. (Photo: PTI) As their name suggests, desert locusts normally live and breed in semi-arid/desert regions. Massive swarms of desert locusts are invading east Africa, ravaging crops, decimating pasture and deepening a food crisis in a region where more than 25 million people are already hungry. As large swarms continue to move into Kenya and multiply, "you have a recipe for the situation to deteriorate further," said Cressman. "A typical desert locust swarm can contain up to 150 million locusts per square kilometre," they explained. A desert locust swarm is seen on the ground at the village of Lorengippi near the town of Lodwar, Turkana county, Kenya, July 2, 2020. Desert locusts can have about 40 million to 80 million locust adults in each square kilometer of a swarm and travel up to 150 kilometers a day, according to the FAO. Overson said there is a fungal pathogen already that only attacks grasshoppers and crickets, but it is hard to use on the scale of the current desert locust swarms … Billions of desert locusts are swarming across East Africa, multiplying in numbers over several months of favorable rain and breeding conditions, creating what the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called an “unprecedented threat to food security,” and the worst locust upsurge in East Africa in seventy years. REUTERS/Baz Ratner “New locust swarms are already forming and threatening to re-invade northern Kenya and breeding is also underway on both sides of the Red Sea, posing a new threat to Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, and Yemen,” FAO said in a news release. Depending on the winds, which largely determine locust flight patterns, a swarm might travel 80 miles in a day. Invasions of desert locusts are irregular in the region, the last instance occurred in 2007 at a much smaller scale. 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