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Fall Armyworm: Current Global Status, Response, and Continued Threat. COAG 26 Side Event

Thursday 4 October, 2018 – FAO HQ








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    Fall Armyworm (FAW) arrived in Namibia during the 2016/2017 cropping season, following several years of difficulties for the agricultural sector caused by recurrent droughts. However, during the 2016/2017 season, weather conditions were generally favourable throughout most of the country – excluding the western and the southern regions. In these western and southern areas, potential drought-induced crop losses may have been further exacerbated by the FAW invasion. Meanwhile, in the northeastern areas, the potential impacts from FAW cannot be ignored neither, despite this season’s good climatic conditions, as households likely faced reduced coping capacities going into the season due to the effects of the previous droughts. Against this backdrop, a FAW impact and needs assessment was conducted in the main agricultural regions of Namibia in August 2017. The main objectives of this assessment were: (1) Understand the impact of the pest on farmers’ livelihoods, especially crop production and livestock rearing, including a quantification of production losses in the crop sub-sector; (2) Understand the strategies farmers adopted to respond to the FAW attack; (3) Identify farmers’ needs for the next main cropping season; and (4) Provide recommendations for future action. This report provides the background to the FAW invasion in Namibia, a methodological outline of the assessment approach and detailed analysis, results and recommendations sections, looking both at short- and long-term impacts/needs/response options.
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    FAW Guidance Note 1 - Reduction of human health and the environmental risks of pesticides used for control of Fall Armyworm 2018
    This guidance note provides information on avoiding the use of highly harzardous pesticides (HHPs), which HHPs have been used to combat Fall Armyworm, and alternatives to the use of HHPs, such as biopesticides to manage Fall Armyworm.
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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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    The Enhancing national capacity for the management of Fall Armyworm (FAW) brief is an overview of FAO Uganda's support to the government of Uganda in its response to the Fall Armyworm problem in the country. The brief outlines the extent of the problem in Uganda, FAO's efforts to respond to the problem and what more needs to be done.

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