Locust and Grasshopper Management and control

Organizer: Mohamed Abdellahi Ould Babah Ebbe

Since thousands of years locusts have been the cause of extensive periodic damage to agro-pastoral areas on all continents. Different strategies, methods, institutional and operational tools for management and control have been regularly developed and applied by the affected countries to face these plagues.

In some cases, regional and international organizations have contributed to the development of these locust risk management strategies and plans, as well as the establishment of appropriate response mechanisms. In addition, and although chemical control is still predominant, alternative control methods have progressively developed, and numerous research studies have helped to identify new control methods and to specify the thresholds and times for more effective interventions. Risk management plans and mechanisms to support these plans have also recently been implemented.

This symposium will provide a forum for national, regional and international researchers, experts and managers to discuss the state of the art of locust control on the various continents in terms of strategies, typology of operational institutions, contingency plans, methods, tools, infrastructure, technology, and intervention mechanisms.

The various experiences, case studies, expertizes… successful or not, will be debated, with particular attention paid to alternatives to chemical control and the role of research in improving the efficiency of locust survey and control.