Posts Tagged ‘fall armyworm’

The fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, is a devastating insect-pest. Native to the Americas, the pest is known to eat more than 80 plant species, with a particular preference for maize, a main staple crop around the world. In 2016, the fall armyworm was first reported in Nigeria, West Africa, and rapidly spread across 44 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with devastating effects. In July 2018, the presence of the fall armyworm in India was confirmed, marking the first report of the pest in Asia.

International research-for-development coalition against fall armyworm, the not-so-nice, very hungry caterpillar

November 8, 2018

ADDIS ABABA (CIMMYT) — African farmers have lost millions of dollars in earnings since 2016 due to the loss of crops to the voracious fall armyworm. Since the initial shock, farmers, researchers, exte …


First conference of new global research alliance to establish practical field solutions against Fall Armyworm

October 23, 2018

JOINT MEDIA ADVISORY Time to scale up fight against the voracious pest Despite significant efforts to control the spread of the invasive Fall Armyworm, first detected in Africa in 2016, the pest keeps …


Fall armyworm research for development: Status and priorities for Africa

October 18, 2018

The international conference on “Fall armyworm research for development: Status and priorities for Africa” will take place on October 29-31, 2018, at the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa, …


New global research alliance joins fight against fall armyworm

September 26, 2018

International consortium established to connect research with practical field solutions against pest NAIROBI (Kenya) — As the invasion of the voracious fall armyworm threatens to cause US$3-6 billion …


Video: How to identify and scout for fall armyworm

August 16, 2018

A new 3-D animation video published yesterday shows farmers how to scout for and identify the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda). The video shows scouting techniques and highlights the importance o …


Fall armyworm reported in India: battle against the pest extends now to Asia

August 13, 2018

A fall armyworm found on maize plants in Khamman district, Telangana state, India. (Photo: ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research) The fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda, a devastating insect …


African and global experts release guide to manage fall armyworm, a critical threat to crops in Africa

February 6, 2018

An evidence-based manual details technologies and management approaches to tackle this grave food security threat Nairobi, Kenya (CIMMYT) – The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda; FAW) was first con …


New technical guide to help farmers protect against fall armyworm

January 30, 2018

Nairobi, Kenya (CIMMYT) – A new comprehensive integrated pest management (IPM)-based technical guide produced by international experts will help scientists, extension agents and farmers to tackle the …


Facing the fall armyworm threat

December 14, 2017

In a new blog published by Farming First, B.M. Prasanna discusses overcoming a pest that has been ravaging fields in Africa.


Borlaug Dialogue delegates widen net to curb threat from fall armyworm

November 5, 2017

World Food Prize laureates have joined forces with an international alliance battling the fall armyworm, an aggressive pest indigenous to the Americas with a voracious appetite, and now widespread thr …


Borlaug Dialogue delegates to discuss strategy for tackling Fall Armyworm menace in Africa

October 14, 2017

B.M. Prasanna at 2017 Borlaug Dialogue on expert panel to discuss the strategic approach for managing the pest menace in Africa.


Zimbabwe enacts new strategy in fall armyworm fight

August 28, 2017

The fall armyworm has since caused significant damage on over 280,000 hectares of maize in Africa since 2015. Zimbabwe established a fall armyworm working group in July this year to bring all stakehol …


Fall armyworm devastates crops in sub-Saharan Africa: A quick and coordinated regional response is required

June 2, 2017

The head of CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program highlights the potential impact of the fall armyworm pest and how CGIAR researchers are contributing to a quick and coordinated response across the Africa.


Multi-pronged approach key for effectively defeating fall armyworm in Africa

April 28, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya (28 April 2017) – Tackling the menace of the tenacious fall armyworm pest to avoid economic hardship for smallholder farmers across Africa requires quick and coordinated action, a massi …


Global experts and stakeholders meet to develop fall armyworm emergency plan and management strategy for Africa

April 25, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya – Smallholder farmers in eastern, southern and western Africa are facing a major threat to their crops from the fall armyworm, which has so far damaged almost 300,000 hectares of maize. …


Scientists tackle deadly fall armyworm infestation devastating maize in southern Africa

February 23, 2017

Smallholder farmers in eastern and southern Africa are facing a new threat as a plague of intrepid fall armyworms creeps across the region, so far damaging an estimated 287,000 hectares of maize.