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Support to Enhance National Capacity for the Management of Fall Armyworm (FAW) in Uganda - TCP/UGA/3605









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    Support for the Management of The Fall Armyworm in Zimbabwe -TCP/ZIM/3605 2020
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    Fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) is one of the most important pests of maize production worldwide. It is a highly polyphagous migratory species that can colonize over 80 different plant species from 26 families. The pest presents a major threat to household and national food security, as it mainly attacks maize, sorghum and millet. FAO stood ready to work with the Government of Zimbabwe and with farmers, in order to strengthen their capacity to respond and ensure sustainable management of this transboundary pest. The project’s impact was to improve livelihood opportunities and the food security of rural communities in Zimbabwe. Fall armyworm was first detected in central and western Africa in early 2016 and, later the same year, in southern Africa. In Zimbabwe, it was first reported present in September 2016. The pest presents a major threat to household and national food security, as it mainly attacks maize, sorghum and millet.
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    Support for Vulnerable Maize Farmers Affected by Fall Armyworm (FAW) in Kenya - TCP/KEN/3606 2020
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    Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is a new pestin Kenya. It was first reported in February/March 2017 in western Kenya, and rapidly spread to all themaize-growing areas in the country, causing significant economic damage. Maize is the most important staplefood crop in Kenya and contributes significantly to food, nutrition and economic security. In 2016, the amountof maize produced in the country was about 3.7 million metric tonnes (MT), compared with anestimated requirement of more than four million MT. Lowmaize production is generally attributed to biotic andabiotic stresses. Infestation by Fall Armyworm (FAW) further depresses maize production. In response tothis emergency, the Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MoALF), established a consultative Multi-Institutional TechnicalTeam (MITT) to develop a FAW management strategy. To halt further spread and damage on maize by FAW, available skills and knowledge on the pest were requiredin the short term, to develop an effective management strategy. However, in order to implement a management strategy, it was necessary to conduct a comprehensive field survey to understand the severity of the infestation, as well as the innovative indigenous methods that wereused by farmers. Against this background, the Government of Kenya requested that FAO providetechnical and emergency assistance, with a viewto mitigating economic losses and damage to livelihoods.
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    Technical guidance on fall armyworm
    Coordinated surveillance and an early warning system for the sustainable management of transboundary pests, with special reference to fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda [J.E. Smith]) in South and Southeast Asia
    2022
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    Worldwide, maize is the third most important cereal after rice and wheat. It occupies 197 million hectares of planted area. Asia contributes to nearly 30 percent of global maize supplies, and area and production of the crop is rapidly increasing in the continent. Minimum support prices, swelling market demand from the animal feed and processing industries, as well as human consumption, have all led to increased maize production in zones where precipitation limits rice cultivation. However, maize production is currently threatened by the arrival in Asia (in 2018) of the fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith) – a native to North America. It invaded India in 2018 and since then it has marched to most of the Asian countries. In 2019, its presence was confirmed in 13 Asian countries including Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, and Viet Nam. In 2020, it was confirmed in Australia, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea. In August 2021, it reached the Solomon Islands, posing a serious threat to other Pacific islands. FAW is a fast-dispersing, migratory, transboundary insect pest. While high FAW incidences have been reported on several crops in Asia, the most important economic damage caused is to maize (followed by sorghum). The FAW invasion threatens the food security of millions of family farms in Asia, with smallholder farmers being especially vulnerable. The negative economic impact of FAW is not only evident in yield loss: the pest also leads to a significant increase in insecticide applications, with associated health, environmental and cost issues. At the same time, resilience to FAW on the continent is currently weakened by the limited access to necessary tools, technologies and sustainable integrated pest management (IPM) practices for FAW. Thus, there is an urgent need to implement an effective approach to FAW management in Asia.

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