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 attached research presentation was made and delivered presented by Mr. Sorsa Debela in collaboration with Mr. Victor van der Linden at the September 3 and 5 research validation workshops in Holeta and Asela on behalf of Fair and Sustainable Ethiopia.
For more information on Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, for more information, please see their website: http://fs-ethiopia.com/
Two years ago, fall armyworm (FAW) arrived in Africa. What we have learned so far? What are effective strategies in reaching farmers across the continent? How effective have responses so far been? What are the long-term consequences of these responses? What innovative ideas might work better?
Find out and share your insights during our carbon-free e-conference on responding to the fall armyworm outbreak in Africa, from 22-26 October. Subscribe here to join daily sessions on various aspects of responding to the FAW outbreak in Africa and access an online platform to meet, share work and discuss with others. The e-conference and the online platform will result in a shared action agenda that everyone can contribute to.
Program summary, daily sessions from 13:00-14:30 GMT:
East West Seed Company shared its newsletter with a short video stating 5 situations in which pesticides are no use.
Rijk Zwaan Afrisem likes to thank AgriProFocus for sharing our 10 minute documentary on the AgriProFocus Facebook page. It was taken during our Field Days in January 2018, in which our farmers, our Product development staff and our partners in agri- inputs and micro-finance explain our common approach to develop intense cultivation in vegetable growing. Attached is a 2 minute teaser which gives a short introduction.
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
The course is aimed at creating mechanisms that will support Integrated Pest Management though looking at pesticides-related policies, the role of the various stakeholders and innovative (technical) solutions. Participants will enhance their ability to identify and solve problems in Integrated Pest Management and food safety. It entails a mix of lectures, discussions, group work, excursions and fieldwork. Meeting colleagues from other countries with similar interests leads to mutual learning.
For more information and online application: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/Shortcourses2017/CDicourse_IPM_2017.htm