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Fall Armyworm in Africa: A Guide for Integrated Pest Management

In collaboration with international and national research and development partners, Feed the Future developed this Fall Armyworm Technical Guide to share the latest protocols related to integrated pest management to control this pest. Feed the Future intends to revise and release subsequent editions of this Technical Manual as more evidence emerges on effective management of fall armyworm.

Press Release [February 6, 2018]: African and global experts release guide on fall armyworm management, a critical global security threat in Africa

In 2016, an invasive crop pest called the fall armyworm (FAW) was first confirmed in Africa. Native to the Americas, FAW can feed on 80 different crop species including maize, a staple food consumed by over 300 million African smallholder farm families. Since its 2016 discovery, the crop pest has since been found in over 30 African countries, posing a significant threat to food security, income and livelihoods.

To combat the spread of fall armyworm across the African continent, international experts gathered together to produce a new comprehensive integrated pest management (IPM) guide to help scientists, extension agents and farmers tackle the voracious FAW.

Fall Armyworm in Africa: A Guide for Integrated Pest Management was jointly produced under the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative by USAID, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (CRP MAIZE).

If proper control measures are not implemented, the pest could cause extensive maize yield losses, estimated between $3.6 and $6.2 billion per year across the 12 major African maize producing countries, according to an evidence note published by the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) in September 2017.

The guide contains tips on pest identification, available technologies and best practices for managing FAW. It is based on scientific evidence and expert opinion for plant protection organizations, extension agencies, research institutions and governments working with smallholder farmers to better understand FAW and the significant agricultural challenge it will post to Africa for years to come.

Fall Armyworm in Africa: A Guide for Integrated Pest Management, First Edition, January 2018. Editors: B.M. Prasanna, Joseph E. Huesing, Regina Eddy, Virginia M. Peschke Produced jointly by USAID, CIMMYT and CGIAR Research Program on Maize in collaboration with international and national research and development partners