Desert Locust outbreaks in the recent months (2019-20) in East Africa and West Asia have been the biggest and most destructive in decades. They have wiped away hectares of standing crops, pasture land, and food reserves of hundreds of thousands of farmers.
In this interview, Senior Agronomist Camillo Risoli explains why, despite technological advancements, these little grasshoppers continue to outfox us. He also highlights the importance of ‘Locust Prospectors,’ who work tirelessly in deserts for months on end, detecting and destroying locust colonies before they grow wings and become unstoppable; and how the the deteriorating security situation in Africa’s Sahel region (the breeding ground for desert locusts) has impeded their crucial work.
(All images courtesy FAO)
More info: http://www.fao.org/ag/locusts/
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