The desert locust (SGR 1 ) situation remained relatively calm in most of Sahel West Africa and northern Africa in September due to poor rainfall. Only limited breeding occurred during this period and isolated adults were reported in northeast Morocco. Good rains were reported in northern Chad and western lowlands in Eritrea where ecological conditions are expected to improve and small-scale breeding will likely begin.
Good rains fell in September on the Red Sea coast of Yemen and in adjacent areas of Saudi Arabia. Small-scale breeding is probably underway in Yemen but surveys are being undermined by the ongoing situation in the country (FAO-DLIS). Low numbers of adults persisted along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border (CNLA/Mauritania, CNLAA/ Morocco, DPPQS/India, FAO-DLIS, INPV/Algeria, PPD/Ethiopia and PPD/Sudan).