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Support for Vulnerable Maize Farmers Affected by Fall Armyworm (FAW) in Kenya - TCP/KEN/3606









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    Emergency Response to Enhance Technical Capacity for Early Warning, Monitoring and Management of Fall Armyworm in Sri Lanka - TCP/SRL/3705 2023
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    The fast spreading transboundary pest, fall armyworm ([ Spodoptera frugiperda was first reported in Sri Lanka in August September 2018 The pest infested maize as its preferred host in all parts of the country, and the expected crop loss during Maha (main cropping season) 2018 19 was around 10 25 percent An FAW infestation has short and long term impacts on agricultural production, food security and poultry industry, hence, it affects the livelihoods of thousands of value chain operators on various commodities in the country A robust investment in sustainable FAW management was therefore needed to mitigate the situation In particular, smallholder farmers with limited coping capacities needed significant support to protect their livelihoods, through the provision of sustainable and integrated management of FAW in their cropping system in the short and long term The Government of Sri Lanka has set up a Special Task Force, which includes all the responsible governmental institutions to control the damage These ministries and institutions required urgent support for institutional capacity building for early detection and effective and sustainable control of the pest, to ensure monitoring and the provision of critical extension services.
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    Building Surveillance and Management Capacity to Effectively Respond to Fall Armyworm (FAW) in Tanzania - TCP/URT/3608 2021
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    Fall Armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda is an insect pest that feeds on more than 80 crop species, causing damage to such economically important crops as maize, rice, sorghum, paddy, legumes, vegetables and cotton, and leading to significant yield loss The United Republic of Tanzania is a leading producer of maize in East Africa region and the tenth producer in the world An estimated 6 59 million tonnes of maize are grown in the country each year by 4 5 million farm households, representing about 42 percent of Tanzanian farmers Primary outbreaks of FAW have been reported in Rukwa Kagera Pwani Geita Simiyu Mwanza, Morogoro Kilimanjaro and Njombe regions, with the Southern Highlands, the breadbasket of the country, and Southern regions also at high risk Because of the nature of FAW infestation, it is likely that the pest will colonize most African countries and have a negative impact on both food security and livelihoods.
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    Support to Enhance Preparedness for Fall Armyworm Invasion among Countries - TCP/INT/3705 2023
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    Fall armyworm ( is a noctuid moth native to the Americas, which is considered a pest due to the substantial agricultural damage it can cause Its larvae feed on over 80 crop species, including maize, rice, sorghum, millet, sugarcane, cotton, and various vegetable species, thus posing a threat to vital rural economies The FAW was reported in Africa for the first time in early 2016 in West and Central African countries and rapidly spread throughout sub Saharan Africa, causing significant agricultural and economic losses The emergence of the FAW was confirmed in India and Yemen in July 2018 and was later reported in Bangladesh Sri Lanka, and Thailand by 2019 A decline in agricultural productivity jeopardizes not only food security but also the livelihoods of farmers Because of crop trade and the moth's remarkable flying capacity, the FAW has the potential to spread to further countries, posing a major risk to crop production, particularly cereals In light of this, many countries have requested assistance to fight against the spread of the FAW and acquire management techniques, as well as monitoring and surveillance for early detection FAO initiated the Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control 2019 2022 as an urgent response to the rapid spread of the FAW This initiative assists smallholder farmers, their associations, public institutions, national governments, and development partners in responding rapidly to FAW infestation In this regard, FAO created a free mobile application for real time FAW monitoring, the fall armyworm monitoring and early warning system ( The Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control has established a global coordination structure to foster an open and collaborative dialogue towards achieving science based solutions This coordination structure is composed of a steering committee ( a working group on resource mobilization ( a technical committee ( and seven technical working groups ( In addition, national task forces ( were created at country levels FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division ( provides technical leadership through the FAW Secretariat, in collaboration with the International Plant Protection Convention ( Secretariat This approach allows all stakeholders, scientists, and governments to interactively discuss challenges and propose solutions that are tailored to each country The project took part in these coordination efforts and sought to assist newly infested countries in taking immediate action in response to the emergence of the FAWFall armyworm ( is a noctuid moth native to the Americas, which is considered a pest.

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