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Technical guidelines for sustainable management of fall armyworm along its seasonal migration pathways

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    Technical guidelines for sustainable management of fall armyworm in its year-round breeding areas
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    This guidance note aims to provide recommendations on sustainable fall armyworm (FAW) control for national task forces for FAW control in Africa and Asia. It provides a brief background on the need to develop two complementary strategies for fall armyworm management: 1) one for the pest’s year-round breeding areas, 2) another one along the pest’s seasonal migration pathways. The guidance note then focuses on delineating strategies for fall armyworm control in the pest’s year-round breeding areas. The note adopts an Integrated Pest Management approach, integrating a suite of options including agroecological practices, biological control and use of pesticides as the last resort.
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    The Fall Armyworm project achievements and impacts in Rwanda 2020
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    In an effort to support the government of Rwanda to fight the Fall Armyworm, FAO provided capacities and equipment to farmers for better monitoring, management and early warning. In 2017, Rwanda experienced the devastation caused by the Fall Armyworm during which year some maize farmers lost the season’s yield. The pest spread fast to all the country’s 30 Districts. Through the project “Support to the Government of Rwanda in Sustainable Control and Management of Fall Armyworm” six maize growing districts most affected by the invasion were reached, as well as more other wider rural communities growing maize. This report assesses the impact of Fall Armyworm on the livelihoods of maize farmers in Rwanda, how they are fighting it. The document also showcases the achievements and impacts of the project and its future prospects in Rwanda, as well as an overview of the challenges faced by the farmers in controlling the spread of Fall Armyworm.
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    Fall Armyworm Management - Sustainable Management of the Fall Armyworm (FAW) 2019
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    The Fall Armyworm (FAW), an insect pest native to the tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, was first detected in West and Central Africa in early 2016. Since then, it has infested maize and other crops in more than 44 African countries, in addition to India and Yemen. The FAW is likely to continue to feed on key crops, threatening cereal production systems, as well as the food security and livelihoods of millions of Africans. FAO is implementing a programme to coordinate the global response to FAW. This includes the strengthening of national capacities to sustainably manage the pest. FAO provides farmers and other stakeholders with immediate information, helping them to design appropriate and sustainable integrated pest management (IPM) policies. Farmer Field Schools and other community-based programmes are key means of training farmers to develop simple, but effective monitoring tools and establishing a global early-warning system.

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