fall army worm

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 7 November 2018 at 09:55

Effective solutions to respond to Fall Armyworm in Africa 

E-conference outcomes, including videos and links.

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

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MUBARAK INUWA RE- EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS TO RESPOND TO FALL ARMYWORM IN AFRICA:It had been an important educative session of e-conference,on how to pave ways on how to tackle the damage done on maize by the  fall armyworm in africa.Especially the smallscale farmers, who have little investment in maize production,due financial insufficiency.

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MUBARAK INUWA Perhaps,kenya, might be the biggest beneficiary of this major, because, it is the major maize producer in africa.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 July 2018 at 07:02

The Fall Army Worm Risk index map 

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/

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 2 July 2018 at 06:49

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 May 2018 at 04:59

Fall Army Worm Tech Prize ( USAID call May 14)

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

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 November 2017 at 12:17

Dr. Fentahun on Fall Armyworm (FAW) Control in Ethiopia

Agriculture Knowledge Learning Documentation and Policy (AKLDP) Project

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

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Sarah Assefa With regard to Conservation Agriculture, the research has conflicting findings about maintaining crop residues on the soil in addressing FAW: some advocate clean cultivation as a means of controlling the pest, however other publications have findings that do not support this. There is no conclusive finding.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 October 2017 at 07:23

News on Fall Army Worm

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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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Good job at Wim Goris, FAW is a big a challenge in maize production especially in East Africa. Now in Rwanda we are applying strong pesticides for controlling  FAWs but this preventive method kills all important natural enemies of insects in the fields. Therefore, PUSH&PULL method like using sand is a good approach to handle FAW disease in maize farms.

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Wim Goris hi Thacien. thanks for sharing. please read the source  again.  Push and pull is about plants that repel or attract FAW away from the maize. The sand  in the young maize plants is another method.  Which Rwanda institutions and companies are involved in the battle against FAW? 

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME @Wim, you are right 100%. Thanks for supporting farmers!

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Sarah Assefa Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) has a lot of experience with push and pull in Ethiopia (and they have worked closely with ICIPE in Kenya on this). More here: https://agriprofocus.com/upload/Push-Pull_Technology_in_Ethiopia_Progress_and_Challenges1448614788.pdf and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfyHa8e9hDI

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