(FAO, Italy, 2000 - ongoing)
Large quantities of pesticides are still used to control migratory locusts, such as the Desert Locust, in Africa and the Middle East. Reducing the health and environmental risks of control operations is one of the spearpoints of FAO's locust control programme
We have been involved for many years in providing technical assistance and conducting applied research for FAO on the health and environmental impact of locust control. This includes conducting reviews of control methods and insecticides, writing guidelines and training materials and carrying out capacity buildling in locust-affected countries. We also provide the technical secretariat for the FAO Pesticide Referee Group.
Some examples of reviews and guidelines: