Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control

Map of the worldwide spread of fall armyworm since 2016 (as of May 2021). This map was compiled using information from a range of sources, including FAO, International Plant Protection Convention, CABI, the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization, and national governments.

The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers and boundaries.


Native to the Americas, FAW was detected in Central and Western Africa in early 2016 (Benin, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, and Togo) and further reported and confirmed in the whole of mainland Southern Africa (except Lesotho), in Madagascar and Seychelles (Island State). 

Within two years, it had spread across almost all of sub-Saharan Africa. By November 2019, the pest was also confirmed in Sudan, Egypt and Yemen, as well as in many Asian countries including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, China, Indonesia, the  Philippines, Laos, Malaysia, Viet Nam, Cambodia, the Republic of Korea and Japan. Between February and May 2020, it was confirmed in Australia, Mauritania, Timor Leste and the United Arab Emirates. In late 2020, it was detected in Jordan, Syria and Papua New Guinea. In January 2021, New Caledonia confirmed FAW and by April it had invaded the Canary Islands of Spain in Europe. As of now, FAW spread from the Americas to over 70 countries