Fall armywarm outbreak in Ethiopia

May 2017

FAO is carrying out surveillance, survey and monitoring of the new migratory insect pest, fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (Smith) in Ethiopia.

The fall armyworm, which first arrived in Africa in 2016, was intercepted on a few hectares of irrigated maize fields in southern Ethiopia in the last week of February 2017. It has now covered about 52 962 hectares in 144 districts in three of the major maize-growing regional states – Gambella, Oromia and Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR).

Author: FAO/Ethiopia