Desert locust update
The current desert locust situation continues to pose a threat to food security and livelihoods in the Horn of Africa and some Near East and North Africa countries, including Sudan, that face an impending invasion from spring breeding areas, according to the latest desert locust update from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
According to the latest forecast, there is a risk that a few swarms could reach the eastern part of the Sahel in eastern Chad from spring breeding areas in Arabia and East Africa (Kenya and Ethiopia). The swarms would first appear in Sudan where the situation is currently dry and calm. The forecast further indicates that if the swarms arrive in Sudan before the summer rains, then they are likely to continue westwards across the Sahel from Chad to Mauritania. The first appearance in eastern Chad could be as early as the second week of June from Arabia and the last week of June from East Africa.
While the current threat is assessed as low, there is the possibility that it can change significantly this month due to rainfall, winds, and spring breeding in Arabia and East Africa. Therefore, efforts in preparedness and anticipatory actions should be immediately and quickly scaled up to face this potential threat, according to FAO.
To curb the spread of the desert locust and safeguard livelihoods and promote early recovery, FAO and partners are seeking US$9 million from donors. As of 28 April, $5.5 million has been received – a significant increase compared to $1.55 million reported by FAO on 12 March. For more details on the response ongoing, funding received, and other aspects of the desert locust response please see the Desert Locust Dashboard by FAO Sudan.