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Enhancing national capacity for the management of Fall Armyworm (FAW)

Training and mobilizing communities and extension personnel to monitor and respond to FAW









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    Fall armyworm management – Farmer field school experiences in Africa 2021
    A technical brief on fall armyworm management from the lens of farmer field schools that outlines successes from previous projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Different control methods and traditional recipes for fall armyworm management are highlighted.
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    Fall Armyworm Management - Sustainable Management of the Fall Armyworm (FAW) 2019
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    The Fall Armyworm (FAW), an insect pest native to the tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, was first detected in West and Central Africa in early 2016. Since then, it has infested maize and other crops in more than 44 African countries, in addition to India and Yemen. The FAW is likely to continue to feed on key crops, threatening cereal production systems, as well as the food security and livelihoods of millions of Africans. FAO is implementing a programme to coordinate the global response to FAW. This includes the strengthening of national capacities to sustainably manage the pest. FAO provides farmers and other stakeholders with immediate information, helping them to design appropriate and sustainable integrated pest management (IPM) policies. Farmer Field Schools and other community-based programmes are key means of training farmers to develop simple, but effective monitoring tools and establishing a global early-warning system.
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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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