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FAW Guidance Note 2 - Fall Armyworm Scouting









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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
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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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    Emergency Preparedness and Response to Strengthen Capacities of Nena Countries to Mitigate the Risk of Fall Armyworm (FAW) in the Region - TCP/RAB/3803 2024
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    The fall armyworm (FAW) – scientifically known as Spodoptera frugiperda – is an invasive insect pest capable of consuming more than 80 different crop varieties. Initially identified in Africa in 2016, it quickly spread across the globe, resulting in significant damage to key crops, notably maize. Experts project that without effective management, FAW could lead to staggering maize yield reductions ranging from 21 to 53 percent. The pest was first documented in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region in 2018, making its appearance in Sudan and Yemen. At the time of writing, Egypt, Jordan, Mauritania, Oman, the Syrian Arab Republic and the United Arab Emirates had also officially acknowledged the presence of FAW. The pest's remarkable ability to migrate, reproduce rapidly and inflict harm on staple crops like maize, sorghum, rice and wheat elevates the risk that it poses to both regional food security and crop production. Maize holds a central role in the NENA region's agriculture, spanning over 1.3 million ha of cultivated land and producing more than 8 million tonnes, with an estimated value surpassing USD 1.8 billion.
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    Community-based fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) monitoring, early warning and management
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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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