Fall armyworm

Fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda, is a dangerous transboundary insect with a high potential to spread rapidly due to its natural distribution capacity and opportunities presented by international trade. FAW represents a real threat to food security and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers. FAW has spread across all of sub-Saharan Africa, the Near East and Asia. It will likely soon be present in southern Europe. FAW is a resident pest and once it has arrived in a country, it is there to stay.

Farmers need significant support to manage FAW sustainably in their cropping systems through Integrated Pest Management (IPM) activities. FAW cannot be eliminated. Therefore, FAO has launched a Global Action for FAW Control as a response to the international threat that FAW is posing for food security and the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers.

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Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control

In December 2019, FAO launched the pioneering USD 500 million Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control as an urgent response to the rapid spread of FAW. The three-year global initiative will take radical, direct and coordinated measures to strengthen prevention and sustainable pest control capacities at a global level. It will complement and bolster ongoing FAO activities on FAW.

The Global Action is establishing a global coordination mechanism for an open and collaborative dialogue towards science-based solutions. It is also supporting the establishment of National Task Forces on FAW, and the mobilization of resources for applied research geared towards practical and efficient solutions.


The Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control: Action framework 2020-2022



Fall Armyworm Control in Action Newsletter, October 2020 - Issue #1



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Impact of COVID-19 on fall armyworm control activities

In March 2020, a global pandemic was declared in relation to COVID-19. Governments have taken urgent actions to control the spread of the virus which are affecting agricultural production activities and impacting the implementation of the Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control.
To address this new threat, FAO has prepared a new guidance note on "Addressing the impact of COVID-19 on the Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control".


Guidance note 7: Addressing the impact of COVID-19 on the global action for fall armyworm control


Webinar: Success stories from the Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control in the era of COVID-19



Fall Armyworm in Cabo Verde