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How to Manage Fall Armyworm










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    Fall Armyworm: Identification, biology and ecology 2017
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    This information resource material was developed by FAO Regional Office for Africa, largely to help extension officers and farmers as to how they can effectively fight Fall Armyworm across Africa. The leaflet contains essential facts about Fall Armyworm and provides best practices and solutions as to how it can be managed.
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    Community-based fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) monitoring, early warning and management
    Training of trainers manual
    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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    Technical guidelines for sustainable management of fall armyworm along its seasonal migration pathways
    Guidance note 11
    2020
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    This guidance note aims to provide recommendations on sustainable fall armyworm (FAW) control for national task forces for FAW control in Africa and Asia. It provides a brief background on the need to develop two complementary strategies for fall armyworm management: 1) one for the pest’s year-round breeding areas, 2) another one along the pest’s seasonal migration pathways. The guidance note then focuses on delineating strategies for fall armyworm control along its seasonal migration pathways. The note emphasizes the importance of surveillance and monitoring of FAW migration, feeding the data into an early warning system and disseminating early warning information widely to assist strategic decisions making upon the pest’s arrival in a new area along its migration pathways. The note adopts an Integrated Pest Management approach, integrating a suite of options including agroecological practices, biological control and use of pesticides as the last resort.

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