The SDSN’s Thematic Network on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems hosted a virtual, e-conference on fall armyworm (FAW) in Africa from October 22 to 26, 2018. Fall armyworm is an agricultural pest native to the Americas but introduced to Africa in 2015 or 2016. In the 3-4 years since its introduction, it has spread across the entire continent and is responsible for maize yield losses ranging from 20-50%. This is especially challenging for smallholder farmers, where yield declines result in lost income and hunger, and who often lack the knowledge or financial resources to recognize and respond to new pest species.
A number of experts presented on the challenge of FAW and solutions, in particular how to move away from the overuse of broad-spectrum pesticides, which are often ineffective and potentially harmful to human and environmental health, towards more effective respo... Read more
The map incorporates diverse socio-economic and agro-ecological data so that responders can visualise where the underlying risk of household food insecurity due to Fall Armyworm is highest. The tool consists of a number of layers allowing users to disaggregate risk into its constituent parts. By highlighting potential "hotspots", the tool is intended to assist decision-makers in prioritising and preparing for early action in targeted areas.The tool developed by FAO is part of innovative projects awarded funding by the Government of Belgium.
click for the interactive map below: http://www.fao.org/emergencies/resources/maps/detail/en/c/1110178/
Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System
The FAO e-Agriculture Newsletter issue 6 is focusing on the Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) . FAMEWS is a monitoring and education tool that feeds several platforms that are used to make decisions about Fall Armyworm (FAW). The App was developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as part of the fight against the Fall Armyworm scourge.
Data are inputted via an app for smartphones, which provide exact locations of the source of the information. Data can be collected on FAW prevalence in fields (infested crop plants) or from pheromone traps that attract adult moths. Data collection is done using FAO’s FAW Guidance Notes and is available in five languages. The app also provides basic background information on FAW and will soon incorporate an Artificially Intelligent Assistant who will provide advice in several languages. Data can be transmitted immediately from the field via telephone or can be saved to the phone
Do you want the chance to win up to $400,000 and prevent hunger and malnutrition? Apply now for the Fall Armyworm Tech Prize.
The Fall Armyworm Tech Prize, run by Nesta on behalf of Feed the Future, in partnership with Land O’Lakes and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, aims to help farmers in sub-Saharan Africa combat the invasive, crop-eating pest, fall armyworm.
We are looking for innovators from around the globe to participate. Go to fallarmywormtech.challenges.org to learn more and apply to the prize, which closes on Monday 14 May 2018 (23:59 ET).
Also see this 2m video https://vimeo.com/266649686
26th October 2017
For the Agroecology platform's new Agroecological Weed and Pest Management Working Group, Dr Fentahun from AKLDP presented the overall situation related to the new pest, Fall Army worm (FAW). He also shared a technical brief focusing on the characteristics of the pest, agro-climatic conditions and agro-ecological consistency affecting FAW, and management options and on suggested action points for the FAW in the context of Ethiopia.
Fall Army worm has existed for more than 150 years in Central, Eastern and South America. It is able to attack up to 186 crop species from a wide variety of families. It reproduces quickly and is able to travel far and fast, adult moths flying up to 100 km/day. It was identified in Ethiopia in February 2017, and due to its quick reproductive nature and favorable environmental conditions, it has now present in 8... Read more
Read about push and pull plants to protect maize crops in the latest issue of African Farming.
As a sideline, they mention the use of sand to protect the young plant (funnel of leaves stage) from the FAW caterpillar. Who has more about this?
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