Pest and Pesticide Monitoring

 

Locust swarms can include tens of millions of insects. Wherever they land, crop or pasture loss can be 100 percent within hours.
Locust swarms can include tens of millions of insects. Wherever they land, crop or pasture loss can be 100 percent within hours.
Yene Belaynah, USAID/OFDA

 

Transboundary outbreak pests (ETOPs), including locusts, grasshoppers, armyworm and rodents mean disaster for millions of people whose livelihoods depend on farming in several dozen countries around the world. The damage is more so in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America. The desert locust alone threatens livelihoods of millions of people in more than 65 countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. With the right ecological conditions, these insect pests can form dense swarms that quickly devour crops and pasture land, leaving people and animals without food to eat and pasture to graze. Farmers can see a year’s worth of work and sometimes sole means of supporting their families destroyed in moments.

Just as the weather can be forecast, USAID contends that favorable conditions for the proliferation of ETOPs can be predicted in advance. By working together with many international, national, regional and local organizations and partners, USAID is investing in monitoring, early warning, and early action to control locusts and other ETOPs and prevent them from causing massive damage to the livelihoods of vulnerable communities.

USAID created the Assistance for Emergency Locust/Grasshopper Abatement (AELGA) project in the late 1980s to deal with the plague of locusts and grasshoppers that affected much of Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia over many years, and assist affected countries to prevent future major invasions. Formerly known as the Africa Emergency Locust/Grasshopper Assistance project, AELGA's overall objective is to help establish and strengthen national and regional capacities to prevent and control locusts, grasshoppers, and other ETOPs. ALEGA also strives to minimize and eliminate the adverse effects of pesticides to humans, their assets, to non-target and beneficial organisms as well as the environment.

Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pests (ETOP)

FY 2014

ETOP update, August 2014 (291kb PDF)
ETOP update, July 2014 (180kb PDF)
ETOP update, June 2014 (348kb PDF)
ETOP update, May 2014 (348kb PDF)
ETOP update, April 2014 (971kb PDF)
ETOP update, March 2014 (165kb PDF)
ETOP update, February 2014 (152kb PDF)
Malagasy Locust Update, Second Dekad of January 2014 (131kb PDF)
Malagasy Locust Update, First Dekad of January 2014 (167kb PDF)
ETOP update, January 2014 (158kb PDF)
ETOP update, December 2013 (131kb PDF)
Madagascar Locust Update, Third Dekad of November 2013 (211kb PDF)
Madagascar Locust Update, Second Dekad of November 2013 (247kb PDF)
ETOP update, November 2013 (210kb PDF)
Mauritania Locust Update, Second Dekad of November 2013 (185kb PDF)
Mauritania Locust Update, First Dekad of November 2013 (164kb PDF)
Madagascar Locust Update, First Dekad of November 2013 (185kb PDF)
ETOP update, October 2013 (324kb PDF)
Madagascar Locust Update, Third Dekad of October 2013 (141kb PDF)
Madagascar Locust Update, Second Dekad of October 2013 (187kb PDF)
Madagascar Locust Update, First Dekad of October 2013 (300kb PDF)

FY 2013

Malagasy Locust Update, September 2013 (265kb PDF)
ETOP update, September 2013 (270kb PDF)
ETOP update, August 2013 (414kb PDF)
ETOP update, July 2013 (610kb PDF)
ETOP update, June 2013 (188kb PDF)
ETOP update, May 2013 (260kb PDF)
ETOP update, April 2013 (298kb PDF)
ETOP update, March 2013 (782kb PDF)
ETOP update, February 2013 (335kb PDF)
ETOP update, January 2013 (342kb PDF)
ETOP update, December 2012 (327kb PDF)
ETOP update, November 2012 (199kb PDF)
ETOP update, October 2012 (438kb PDF)

 

FY 2012

Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pests (ETOP)
ETOP update, September 2012 (342kb PDF)
ETOP update, August 2012 (292kb PDF)
ETOP update, July 2012 (417kb PDF)
ETOP update, June 2012 (459kb PDF)
ETOP update, May 2012 (424kb PDF)
ETOP update, April 2012 (327kb PDF)
ETOP update, March 2012 (238kb PDF)
ETOP update, February 2012 (310kb PDF)
ETOP update, January 2012 (410kb PDF)
ETOP update, December 2011 (383kb PDF)
ETOP update, November 2011 (392kb PDF)
ETOP update, October 2011 (514kb PDF)

Madagascar – Locusts
Madagascar Locust Update, August 2013 (165kb PDF)
Madagascar Locust Update, February 2012 (part 1) (25kb PDF)
Madagascar Locust Update, February 2012 (part 2) (318kb PDF)

FY 2011

Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pests (ETOP)
ETOP update, September 2011 (565kb PDF)
ETOP update, August 2011 (422kb PDF)
ETOP update, July 2011 (404kb PDF)
ETOP update, June 2011 (526kb PDF)
ETOP update, May 2011 (570kb PDF)
ETOP update, April 2011 (428kb PDF)
ETOP update, March 2011 (246kb PDF)
ETOP update, February 2011 (221kb PDF)
ETOP update, January 2011 (263kb PDF)
ETOP update, December 2010 (281kb PDF)
ETOP update, November 2010 (248kb PDF)
ETOP update, October 2010 (389kb PDF)

Madagascar – Locusts
Madagascar locust update for the third dekad of May (93kb PDF)
Madagascar locust update for the second dekad of May (81kb PDF)
Madagascar locust update for the first dekad of May (86kb PDF)
Madagascar locust update for the first dekad of April (89kb PDF)
Madagascar locust update for the third dekad of February (15kb PDF)
Madagascar locust update for the second dekad of February (20kb PDF)
Madagascar locust update for the first dekad of February (15kb PDF)
Madagascar locust update for the third dekad of January (51kb PDF)

Last updated: September 05, 2014

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