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About the Global Locust Initiative

About the Global Locust Initiative

About the Global Locust Initiative

The Global Locust Initiative (GLI) aims to develop sustainable pathways to address devastating locust outbreaks involving all relevant stakeholders. We grew out of many conversations among researchers, government and non-government agencies, and farmers’ groups around the world.

Global Locust Initiative


We promote interdisciplinary locust research and management to improve the well-being of farming communities and global food system sustainability.

What we do

The initiative is supported by three pillars: facilitating fundamental and applied research, creating and maintaining a global network, and developing local solutions to the global challenge of locust plagues.

Our goals of the three pillars of the Global Locust Initiative are:

Facilitating fundamental and applied research

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  • Support development of collaborative teams and assist with identifying novel funding opportunities
  • Link researchers with relevant collaborators in areas with acridid problems
  • Advance GLI projects: current projects are focused in the United States, Senegal, China, Australia, Argentina, and Bolivia
  • Invite locust researchers and managers to access the ASU Locust Rearing Facilities

Creating and maintaining a global network

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  • Remove barriers to working in the locust sphere by increasing connectivity and information availability
    • Maintain a database of all interested individuals and institutions: contact information, areas of expertise, and regions of work
    • Provide opportunities for virtual engagement through the GLI website and online forums
    • Regularly provide opportunities to network and connect with others in the locust sphere, through workshops, side events at conferences, and international meetings

Developing local solutions to the global challenge of locust plagues

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  • Ensure stakeholder-based approach, i.e., on the ground involvement with farmers, in GLI projects and activities
  • Institute a Rapid Response Team to attend to locust upsurges globally, and provide technical expertise, and address immediate research needs
  • Create opportunities for GLI members to link with relevant stakeholders and decision makers
  • Advance knowledge surrounding transboundary migratory pest policies in different regions and advocate for change where applicable

GLI strives for transparency and inclusivity, with a particular focus on advancing research, education, and networking opportunities for diverse groups of participants. We aim to connect students and other early career professionals with established experts through GLI activities to promote continuity in research and management.

Design aspirations

As an Arizona State University based initiative, the Global Locust Initiative follows the 8 ASU Design Aspirations.

Within each of the Design Aspirations, we:

Leverage our place

Benefit from ASU’s facilities, faculty, and students, and the university’s environment focused on innovation, agility, and entrepreneurship

Enable individual and team success

Train students, researchers, extension agents and others to ensure a diverse network is available to respond to locust outbreaks

Transform society

Envision a world where locust outbreaks are rare and of low severity and where communities are resilient to their impacts

Fuse intellectual disciplines

Redefine the landscape of locust research and management by creating a global network of stakeholders that fuse disciplines

Value entrepreneurship

Provide support and infrastructure to develop leaders in the global food security space

Be socially embedded

Connect locust researchers with local partners in the decision-making sphere through rapid responses to locust outbreaks

Conduct use-inspired research

Partner with local institutions and communities to define place-specific solutions

Engage globally

Promote transparent and inclusive engagement through our global network