FAO Advisory note on Fall Armyworm in Africa

FAO Advisory note on Fall Armyworm in Africa
Jun 2017

Nature of the threat and its spread in Africa

FAW was first detected in Central and Western Africa in early 2016 (Sao Tome and Principe, Nigeria, Benin and Togo) and in late 2016 and 2017 in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and it is expected to move further.

Although it is too early to know the long-term impact of FAW on agricultural production and food security in Africa, it has the potential to cause serious damage and yield losses.

FAW’s presence in Africa is irreversible. Large-scale eradication eorts are neither appropriate nor feasible. Gathering and analyzing experiences and best practices from the Americas will help design and test a sustainable FAW management program for smallholders in Africa.