Desert Locust Bulletin 440 (May 2015) [EN/AR]

from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Published on 31 May 2015

General Situation during May 2015
Forecast until mid-July 2015

The Desert Locust situation remained calm during May. No significant breeding occurred this year in the spring breeding areas of Northwest Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and Southwest Asia where vegetation continues to dry out. During the forecast period, low numbers of solitarious adults are likely to appear in parts of the vast summer breeding areas in the northern Sahel, stretching from Mauritania to western Eritrea as well as along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border. Small-scale breeding will occur with the onset of the seasonal rains but locust numbers will initially remain low. Summer rains may be delayed or weak in the northern Sahel this year. Regular surveys should commence shortly in all summer breeding areas but some places such as northern Mali, Darfur and the interior of Yemen remain inaccessible due to insecurity.