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FAO proposes a five-year programme of action to help farmers, their organizations, their public institutions, national governments and development partners quickly respond the challenges of FAW infestation in smallholder farmers’ fields. This Programme has a total cost of USD 87.550 million. FAO will train National Plant Protection Organizations, extension services, and farmers via Farmer Field Schools, to quickly get the appropriate action in the field, avoiding the pitfalls of possible miss-steps, while simultaneously filling knowledge gaps, innovating for future solutions, developing local capacities, promoting local empowerment and rural youth employment and coordinating among partners to maximize results and minimize inefficiencies.

FAO works closely with its development and resource partners to maximize coordinated results and minimize duplications. To this end, FAO has worked with partners in developing a coordinated FAW Framework that takes into account all FAW response interventions regardless of funding sources. FAO will take an active role in coordinating among all partners’ activities, plans, and approaches to provide sustainable solutions to the FAW challenge.

FAO has prepared this Programme for Action in the context of that Framework. This Programme presents to development and resource partners that part of the Framework actions that FAO is prepared to directly coordinate and administer. Many of the activities described here include the active participation of partners and service providers. FAO will develop the appropriate Letters of Agreement or Contracts under which the obligations and responsibilities of all parties will be defined. FAO specifically leaves certain work to partners’ comparative advantages and organizational missions better dedicated to those areas of work (e.g. longer-term research). FAO focusses on its comparative strengths to propose this Programme divided into six components:

  1. Management of FAW: Immediate Recommendations & Actions
  2. Short-term Research Priorities
  3. Communications & Training
  4. Monitoring & Early Warning
  5. Policy & Regulatory Support
  6. Coordination