A Lagarta do Funil do Milho

FAO has been working with many partners to identify, validate, and support the use of sustainable pest management practices for FAW. This includes the Integrated Pest Management programme for smallholders, which provides opportunities and platforms for further innovation to develop knowledge and science-based solutions for the smallholders’ context. Key approaches include the use of different agronomic practices such as push and pull, development of  host plant resistance varieties,  identification of less toxic pesticides and effective bio-pesticides, conservation and augmentation of natural enemies for biological control. Such approaches also include the use of safe, locally-available controls, and strengthened monitoring and surveillance for early detection and research.

Farmers in the Americas, where the pest originates, have been managing FAW for thousands of years. As a result, smallholder maize farmers of Mesoamerica and researchers there have many valuable lessons to share with smallholder farmers wherever FAW hits around the globe. For example, FAO organized a meeting of experts in July 2017 in Ghana to share knowledge and experiences from the Americas with their African counterparts. The experiences from the Americas and Africa are extremely relevant to the new regions in which FAW has recently spread: Near East and Asia.