Sahel locust threat: millions of dollars can be saved
...if there is good early warning followed by early response to locust threats before they become completely out of hand.
by Keith Cressman
This year the Sahel is facing the most serious Desert Locust threat since the last plague in 2003-05. More than 50 million people could be affected in Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
Survey teams prepare to depart
from the Locust Base at Agadez, Niger
with military escort (source: CNLA/Niger)
Early instar hoppers from second generation breeding
that have formed small but numerous hopper bands in
northeast Chad near Fada in mid-September 2012 (source: ANLA/Chad)
A farmer in southwest Mauritania in September 2004
during the last Desert Locust plague 2003-05 (source: FAO)
With the assistance of the international community, additional teams
are mobilized for locust surveys in order to better monitor developments
in the field and the potential threat to agriculture and livelihoods