Fall armyworm

FAO developed a five-year Programme of Action in 2017 to help farmers, their organizations, public institutions, national governments and development partners quickly respond to the challenges of FAW infestation in smallholder farmers’ fields. This programme was inspired by, and based on, the important discussions and outcomes of a stakeholder consultation meeting: “Fall armyworm in Africa: Status and strategy for effective management” held in Nairobi in April 2017.

The programme brought all partners into a coordinated and coherent structure, in which they could use their comparative advantages in complementary and synergistic ways, to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the FAW response. To that end, FAO worked with partners in developing a coordinated FAW Framework that has taken into account all FAW response interventions, regardless of funding sources. Since the establishment of the programme, FAO has coordinated among all partners the activities, plans, and approaches to provide sustainable solutions to the FAW challenge and obtain appropriate action in the field. In order to maximize results and minimize inefficiencies, the coordination also helped prevent possible missteps, while filling knowledge gaps, innovating for future solutions, developing local capacities, promoting local empowerment and rural youth employment.

As the voracious pest has expanded its international migration into more territories, the Programme for Action has evolved and been scaled-up, becoming FAO’s new Global Action for fall armyworm control. The Global Action aims to mobilize USD 500 million over 2020–22 to take radical, direct and coordinated measures to strengthen prevention and sustainable pest control capacities at a global level.