DESERT LOCUST SITUATION IN SOMALIA
According to FAO, the Desert Locust upsurge showed signs of decline in March within Somalia and neighbouring countries due to ongoing control operations and poor rainfall. However, newly formed immature swarms were spotted in the plateaus of Iskushuban, Erigavo and Garowe of Puntland. Aerial and ground control operations reached 21,143 hectares and projected below-average Gu rains (April-June) expected to limit breeding. Despite control efforts, the presence of desert locusts in Puntland continues to negatively impact on people’s livelihoods due to destroyed crops and exhausted pasture. Nomadic communities are the most affected as an estimated 60 – 70 per cent of livelihoods in Puntland relies on pastoralism.