Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control

FAO recommends an Integrated Pest Management approach with the use of low-risk pesticides as the last resort. However, FAO does not support any use of highly hazardous pesticides. Within the group of low-risk pesticides, biopesticides are considered to be the best option.

Pesticides are designed to be toxic to pests; therefore the risk associated with pesticides to all other life forms must be considered. This means that early warning, monitoring and scouting in the field allows farmers to apply pesticides when needed and more effective. In addition, precautionary measures, such as training in pesticide use, personal protective equipment, and other risk mitigation measures must be considered during the use of pesticides.

Three fundamental steps in pesticide risk reduction:

  • Reduce reliance on pesticides. Determine to what extent current levels of pesticide use are actually needed. Make optimum use of non-chemical pest management approaches and eliminate unjustified pesticide use.
  • Select pesticides with the lowest risk. If use of pesticides is deemed necessary, select products with the lowest risk to human health and the environment from the available registered products that are effective against the pest or disease.
  • Ensure proper use of the selected products for approved applications and in compliance with international standards.