Fall Armyworm

Fall Armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda, is an insect that is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. In the absence of natural control or good management, it can cause significant damage to crops. It prefers maize, but can feed on more than 80 additional species of crops, including rice, sorghum, millet, sugarcane, vegetable crops and cotton.

Over the last few years, FAW has rapidly spread from the Americas to Africa, the Near East, Asia and the Pacific. Australia is the latest country to report the presence of the FAW.

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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, which threatens food security and livelihoods in many regions of the world.

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 common solutions. It is also supporting the establishment and scaling up of national Task Forces on FAW, and the mobilization of resources for applied research geared towards practical and efficient solutions. [+]

Note: The above map shows information only for countries where FAO’s FAW Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) is used.

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