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Technical Emergency Assistance for The Management And Containment of Fall Armyworm Affecting Maize Production in Nigeria - TCP/NIR/3604









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    Emergency Assistance to Contain the Spread of Fall Armyworm Outbreak - TCP/ETH/3604 2020
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    Fall Armyworm (FAW) outbreaks in one locality in thesouthwestern part of Ethiopia in early planted maizecaused serious damage to maize. By the end ofJune 2017, FAW infestation was reported in 374 woredasin six regions, namely Amhara, Benishangul-Gumz,Gambella, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray regional states.In these woredas, maize was planted on more than1.7 million hectares (ha), of which more than 378 000 hawere already infested by FAW, which was expectedto increase at a fast rate, covering the entire projected2.3 million ha of maize, with the same magnitude ofimpact on sorghum. FAW was new to the country andconcerted efforts were required to reduce the impact onmaize production, which could have far-reachingconsequences on food and nutrition security. In responseto this critical situation, the Government of Ethiopiarequested that FAO provide emergency assistance andtechnical support/advice on the management and controlof this newly introduced maize insect pest. The overallobjective of the project was to strengthen FAWmonitoring and management capacities at all levels, tosignificantly reduce the infestation, spread and impacton maize, and possibly other cereal crops.
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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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    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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