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Locust outbreaks in 2019-20 in East Africa and West Asia have been the worst in decades. They have already wiped out massive amounts of crops, vast swathes of pasture. The sheer size of swarms and the sheer amount of food they devour within a matter of hours is triggering hunger crises—from Kenya and Ethiopia to Pakistan and India, and even Argentina most recently. In East Africa alone, 19 million are at risk of a much bigger crisis if the infestation continues unabated.

The 1st Virtual Practitioners Conference on Desert Locust Management 2020, hosted by TheWaterChannel and supported by a number of partner organisations, will bring together professionals working at the frontline of the locust crisis across the world. They will present and discuss the nature of the problem as experienced at global and local levels, and the solutions most likely to contain the ongoing outbreaks and control future crises.

The conference is free to attend and open to all. To attend:

 

Programme 

Session 1: Opening; The 2019-2020 Outbreaks: Causes, Damage, and Effect

0900-1030 CEST (Click here for local timings)

0900 - 0915  - Welcome remarks - Elisabeth van den Akker, GIZ
- Introduction - Frank van Steenbergen, MetaMeta
0915 - 0935 - Key Note: Desert Locust Outbreak- Causes, Patterns, Effects - Keith Cressman, Senior Locust Forecasting Officer, FAO
0935 - 0945 - View from the Field: Ethiopia - TBD
0945 - 1000 - View from the Field: India - Ishan Kukreti, Down to Earth, India
1000 - 1030 - Q & A  
1030 - 1045 Break, with video screenings  

 

Session 2: Outbreak Responses: Controlling Swarms

1045-1215 CEST (Click here for local timings)

1045 - 1105 - Use of eLocust - TBD
1105 - 1125 - Keynote: Swarm modelling - Christian Yates, University of Bath
1125 - 1145 - Collecting Locusts for Poultry Feed  - Mohammed Khurshid, Pakistan Ministry of National Food Security Research/ PARC (TBD)
1145 - 1200 - View from the Field: Pakistan - Karim Nawaz, Flood Based Livelihoods Network- Pakistan
1200 - 1230 - Q & A  
1230 - 1300 Break, with video screenings  

  

Session 3: Outbreak Responses: Pest Management

1300-1430 CEST (Click here for local timings) 

1300 - 1320 - Pest management during Locust attacks - TBD
1320 - 1335 - Somalia: Experience with mycobiopesticide - TBD
1335 - 1350 - Non-disruptive methods for Locust control  - Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology
1350 - 1400 - Plant oil mixtures in Locust control - Manfred Hartbauer, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria
1400 - 1410 - Looking for a bacteriophage-based biopesticide iGEM Team, Technical University, Delft 
1410 - 1430 Q & A  
1430 - 1445 Break, with video screenings  

 

Session 4: Resilience and Preparedness

1445-1600 CEST (Click here for local timings)

1445 - 1505 - Predicting breeding areas for desert locusts - Emily Kimathi, Geospatial Research Officer, icipe Ethiopia
1505 - 1525 - Land use and acridid outbreaks: what we can do - Arianna Cease, Global Locust Initiative, Arizona University
1525 - 1545 - How to be better prepared: Community-based Surveillance  - Matthew Cousins, Oxfam Kenya
1545 - 1550 - View from the Field: Kenya/ Uganda/ Yemen - TBD
1550 - 1600 - Closure and Invitation to Networking sessions  

 

Networking Sessions

1600-1645 CEST (Click here for local timings)

1600 - 1645 - Networking Session 1: Controlling the Outbreak  
- Networking Session 2: Pest Management  
- Networking Session 3: Resilience and Preparedness  

 

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