This update was published the 03 March 2014
Locust information have been extracted from FAO Locust Watch
The Desert Locust situation remains serious along both sides of the Red Sea as outbreaks continue in Eritrea, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and, to a lesser extent, in Sudan and northern Somalia, where hopper bands, groups and swarms have formed. Although locust infestations should decline in the winter breeding areas due to control operations and drying conditions, there is a risk that adult groups and small swarms will form and move into spring breeding areas of the interior in Saudi Arabia, northern Sudan, and perhaps parts of northern Somalia and eastern Ethiopia. Small to moderate scale breeding is likely in those areas that receive rainfall. In Northwest Africa, low numbers of adults are expected to appear south of the Atlas Mountains and breed on a small scale. A similar situation is also likely in southeast Iran and western Pakistan, causing locust numbers to increase slightly.