1. Locusts are the oldest migratory pest in the world. 2. Desert Locust is the most devastating of all locust species. 3. They form swarms that can fly up to 150 km a day. 4. They eat their own weight in food daily. 5. A very small swarm can eat the same amount of food in one day as about 35,000 people! 6. If infestations are not detected and controlled devastating swarms can form. 7. This is having severe consequences on food security. To protect livelihoods and ensure food security FAO uses the latest technologies to monitor and assess the situation and assists countries in the control of plagues.