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Fall armyworm management – Farmer field school experiences in Africa









FAO. 2021. Fall armyworm management – Farmer field school experiences in Africa. Addis Ababa.



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    Community-based fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) monitoring, early warning and management
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    2019
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    Fall Armyworm (FAW) (Spodoptera frugiperda) was first reported in Africa in 2016. Since then, it has become a very destructive invasive pest in sub-Saharan Africa. Its main impact is on maize crops and affects different stages of growth, from early vegetative to physiological maturity. In several countries affected by FAW attack, farmer responses have been predominantly based on the use of chemical pesticides. It is important to ensure the safe use of such pesticides by farmers, but also to promote and deploy an integrated pest management (IPM) package against FAW. Farmers need the right advice, tools and resources to sustainably manage FAW. This manual provides farmers and extension service providers easy-to-use information on how they can manage FAW in smallholder cropping systems. It provides information about modules for training trainers in FAW pest diagnostics, scouting, management and data collection. The objective of this training is to provide trainers and farmers with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to identify FAW and differentiate it from other similar pests; understand the life cycle of FAW; and, know how to monitor and manage the pest. This manual gives trainers the information they need in order to support and sustain an IPM approach for FAW management in their communities. The manual is modular and allows for updates in the future as more knowledge and solutions to manage FAW become available.
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    Integrated management of the fall armyworm on maize
    A guide for farmer field schools in Africa
    2018
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    Tens of millions of smallholder farmers across Africa are facing a new foe in their fields: the Fall Armyworm (FAW). Newly arrived from the Americas, this insect prefers to eat maize, but can live on over 80 plant species. Farmers are alarmed by the ragged maize leaves in their fields caused by the FAW larval feeding, and worry about yield losses and their food security. The good news is that smallholder farmers in the Americas have been managing FAW for centuries. Lessons learned from them, as well as advances in technologies, were tried and tested by experts and master trainers from Farmer Field Schools across Africa to craft the newly-launched “Integrated Management of the Fall Armyworm on maize” guide. The guide provides many examples of field studies, experimentations and exercises that can be done with farmers in Farmer Field Schools and in short field trainings. It includes detailed practical guidance on organizing training courses for extension workers and farmers on the integrated management of the Fall Armyworm.
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    Eastern Africa Fall Armyworm Management Strategy and Implementation Plan 2018
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    This document presents proceedings and outcomes of the joint FAOSFE–ASARECA Regional Strategy Workshop on Fall Armyworm (FAW) for Eastern and Central Africa (ECA), held in Entebbe, Uganda from 18-20 September 2017. The objectives of the workshop were to: (i) create awareness of FAW; (ii) discuss effective and rational management of FAW; (iii) strengthen linkages and the exchange of information among the relevant stakeholders; and (iv) develop an action research strategy/ plan on FAW for resource mobilization. Thematic areas of the multi-stakeholder workshop included: (i) the status of FAW in ECA and ongoing response activities; (ii) identification and monitoring of FAW in ECA; (iii) appraisal of damage caused by the FAW; (iv) review of FAW management measures; and (v) review and strengthening of strategic partnerships and coordination for the control of FAW. This document describes five strategic intervention areas for sustainable management of FAW in Eastern Africa: (i) development of a FAW monitoring and forecasting system for early detection and action; (ii) appraisal of the options to manage FAW; (iii) exploration of mechanisms to ensure effective coordination, communication and awareness raising relating to FAW management; (iv) development of capacity for FAW impact assessment; and (v) development of strategies for resource mobilization towards sustainable FAW management. Implementing the Eastern Africa Fall Armyworm Strategy and Implementation Plan (EAFAMSIP) will require partnerships and collaboration among a wide variety of stakeholders and organizations. Policy and decision-makers are encouraged to establish mechanisms to adapt EAFAMSIP to the national priorities and opportunities.

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