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Briefing Note on FAO Actions on Fall Armyworm in Africa

Briefing Note on FAO Actions on Fall Armyworm in Africa
Jun 2017

FAO has taken and is taking several actions in response to FAW:

  1. A Framework for the Coordinated Management of Fall Armyworm in Africa: Based on the actions points and recommendations identified in the All Africa Consultation meeting in Nairobi, FAO has formulated a region-wide multi-stakeholder Framework for the Coordinated Management of FAW. The Framework consists of four components, Surveillance and early warning, Impact assessment, Sustainable Management, and Coordination. This Framework is intended as a guide for the development of projects and programmes by the various stakeholders in the in the areas of their mandates.
  2. FAW impact monitoring: FAO is working closely with CIMMYT and CABI, and has taken a leading role in formulating initial actions for impact monitoring and has been supporting assessment processes in Southern Africa (more details below). FAO is now working to deepen coordination and partnership on impact monitoring with CABI and CIMMYT at the continental level.
  3. FAW monitoring and early warning system (FAMEWS) development: FAO will be identifying with farmers and stakeholders standard data to be collected and recorded in the field for monitoring FAW as well as obtaining their expectations of FAMEWS. This is a requirement before field tools such as a mobile phone app, databases and geographic information systems can be developed. It will allow the same data to be collected in all countries to facilitate comparative analysis and harmonized training. FAO will also be reviewing existing pest systems with partners and their potential for integration into FAMEWS. These activities have already started in Benin, Ghana and Ethiopia.
  4. FAW Expert Meeting: FAO will host a South-South Cooperation FAW Expert Meeting in Accra, Ghana from 18-20 July to bring together experts from the Americas and Africa to share and update the state of knowledge on sustainable FAW management for smallholder family farmers. The experts will review key areas of management, including biological control, monitoring, economic thresholds, use of bio-insecticides, and the impact of plant biodiversity on FAW ecology. A publication will compile the recommendations and an Expert Technical Committee will be formed.
  5. Farmer Field School (FFS) Curriculum Development: FAO will be developing a FFS FAW Curriculum. The curriculum will take advantage of the experts’ meeting to bring Master Trainers to work with experts and utilize the best practices to draft the FFS FAW curriculum which will be used in FFS across Africa.
  6. A side event on FAW status in Africa and way forward including FAO’s role and actions will take place during FAO Conference on 4 July 2017.
  7. An Advisory Note and Q&A were prepared in addition to two notes on FAO position on the use of pesticides and Genetically Modified (GM) maize and widely shared within FAO HQ and Decentralized offices in Africa. All notes are posted on the FAO Food Chain Crisis website (
  8. Technical extension leaflets targeting farmers and extension workers on FAW management decisions specifically on identification, prevention, monitoring and direct control are being finalized by FAO and CABI to be widely disseminated.
  9. FAO projects: Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) projects on FAW management are ongoing in Central Africa (Sao Tome and Principe, 2016, and Democratic Republic of Congo, early 2017). Several other TCP projects and other projects will be implemented soon in several African countries.