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.
We promote interdisciplinary locust research and management to improve the well-being of farming communities and global food system sustainability.
What we do
The Global Locust Initiative is an Arizona State University initiative whose mission is to promote interdisciplinary locust research and management to improve the well-being of farming communities and global food system sustainability.
GLI has two arms: GLI Network and GLI Labs.
GLI Network’s purpose is to connect universities, government and nongovernment organizations, and agricultural communities to forge new partnerships that seek to better integrate locust research and management.
GLI Labs hosts a number of research projects spanning natural and social sciences with the aim of advancing our fundamental understanding of the systems in which locusts and grasshoppers exist, as well as supporting development of local solutions to the global challenge of locust plagues.
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
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
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
Promote transparent and inclusive engagement through our global network