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The biggest invasion of desert locusts in decades threatens crop production in East Africa and has now spread as far as India, one of the world’s largest agricultural producers. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has called it “an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods.”
Gro’s Locust Impact Toolkit is free for anyone to access, and provides tools for monitoring where locusts are spreading and how much damage they are causing crops.
More details on how to use the Toolkit can be found below.
Create a free Gro account to access the resources in our Gro Locust Impact Toolkit (please note that select elements, like the India Wheat Yield Model, are available only to API users). And please contact us if you would like more information, or would like to discuss API access.
Gro’s Locust Impact Model shows where locusts are present and are likely to be damaging crops. Our model provides estimates of the amount of cropland area impacted. A more detailed explanation of how to interpret the model output is here.
Locust control efforts are most effective when crops have been planted but the main growing season has not yet started. Crop Calendars showing the planting and growing seasons for different crops in different regions are available to Gro users with a free account.
Together, the Locust Impact Model and the Crop Calendars can help prioritize locust containment efforts when pest control resources are limited.
Gro Yield Models are available for staple cereal crops in East Africa and for the wheat crop in India.
Monitoring yields as the growing season progresses provides an indication of the damage locusts are doing to the crop, and shows where production shortfalls are likely to occur. This information can help prioritize food distribution and aid efforts.