Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control

Wednesday, 4th December 2019 from 14.30 to 16.00
Sheikh Zayed Centre


About the event:

From the Americas, through Sub-Saharan Africa, Fall Armyworm has already arrived in North Africa, Near East and Asia, and is likely to continue to spread, threatening food and nutrition security and the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of smallholders. Only for 12 African countries, it is estimated that FAW causes losses of 8.3 million to 20.6 million metric tons of maize annually, which could feed 41 million to 101 million people. Unlike quarantine pests under official control or insects with gregarious behaviour (e.g. some locust species), FAW does not lend itself to official, centralized control. FAW moths oviposit directly on maize plants, where the larvae feed and live.


To present the Global Action on Fall Armyworm Control and its potential impact at economic, social and environmental levels including reduction of economic losses, improvement of smallholders’ livelihoods in terms of incomes capacity, health, conserved biodiversity, reduced ecological pollution, and increased resilience to climate change impact.

The three key objectives of the Global Action are to:

  1. Establish a global coordination mechanism and regional and sub-regional coordination system;
  2. Develop national capacity of FAW affected countries on integrated pest management to sustainably manage FAW and reduce crop yield losses; and
  3. Coordinate the development of improved policies, standards and measures to reduce the risk of further introduction and spread of FAW to non-affected areas and countries.

The event will offer the opportunity to seek interest and support of the Member Countries.




Resource Person





Opening Remarks and Launch of FAW Global Action

Mr Qu Dongyu
Director-General, FAO


Key elements of the Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control


Ms Elisabetta Tagliati
Chief Technical Adviser, Plant Production and Protection Division
Mr Jingyuan Xia
Secretary, Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention


Special Remarks

H.E. Gilberto Silva
Minister of Agriculture and Environment, Cabo Verde

H.E. Rodolfo V. Vicerra
Undersecretary, Ministry of Agriculture,
The Philippines

H.E. Mohammad Hossein Emadi
Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO, Islamic Republic of Iran, and Chair COAG

Mr Robert Bertram
Chief Scientist, USAID

H.E. Aslak Brun
Ambassador and Permanent Representative to FAO, Norway


Closing Remarks

Mr Qu Dongyu
Director-General, FAO

Concept Note


Hans Dreyer, Director
Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP)

Concept Note


Responsible office:

Plant Production and Protection Division


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