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Risk Mapping, Monitoring, and Early Warning for early Action for Fall Armyworm in Somalia

Dec 2019

Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW, is an insect native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. Its larval stage feeds on more than 80 plant species, including maize, rice, sorghum, millet, sugarcane, vegetable crops and cotton. FAW can cause significant yield losses if not well managed.

FAW has quickly dispersed through Africa, where it now feeds on maize and other crops across more than 35 million of hectares mostly managed by smallholder family farmers. Without adequate surveillance, control and management, the pest is capable of causing significant yield loss and threatening countries and household livelihoods, food and nutrition security.

FAO has formulated a region-wide multi-stakeholder Framework for the Coordinated Management of FAW.

Author: FAO/Somalia

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