Technical Cooperation Programme
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Fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda, is a dangerous transboundary insect with a high potential to spread rapidly due to its natural distribution capacity and opportunities presented by international trade. FAW represents a real threat to food security and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers. FAW has spread across all of sub-Saharan Africa, the Near East and Asia. In response, TCP projects contributing more than $13 million to date have been operational across the most affected areas. The immediate response through TCP and presence on the ground has so far catalyzed additional donor support for a total value of USD19.2 million on top of what has been invested by countries themselves.


Technical Products Delivered
Million Beneficiaries
Total TCP FAW Projects
TCP Contribution Million USD

Indicative regional appropriation of TCP funds for Fall Armyworm strategy (USD mln)

Latest TCP FAW Projects

Support for the management of the Fall armyworm in Zimbabwe

When the Fall armyworm outbreak was first reported in the country, the Government of Zimbabwe had limited resources with which to respond...

Appui à lutte intégrée contre la chenille légionnaire au Cabo Verde

Le Cabo Verde subit depuis juin 2017 l’invasion de la Chenille légionnaire d’automne (CLA), un ravageur qui menace la production de maïs nationale et au-delà...



Emergency assistance to contain the spread of fall armyworm outbreak

Fall Armyworm (FAW) outbreaks in one locality in the southwestern part of Ethiopia in early planted maize caused serious damage to maize.

Technical assistance for management of Spodoptera frugiperda in South Sudan

One of the easiest ways to ensure access to a healthy diet is food production in home or school gardens, which can further contribute to combating hunger, poverty and illiteracy...

Emergency response to the fall armyworm outbreak

Ghana was hit by the outbreak of the Fall Armyworm (FAW) in 2017. The pest destroyed several hectares of farms in the country, especially maize farms...

Technical Emergency Assistance for Fall Armyworm in Nigeria

The pest was first observed in Nigeria in 2016, and since then has continued to ravage maize fields at an alarming rate...

Projet d`appui à la lutte contre la chenille légionnaire en Guinée-Bissau

La Chenille légionnaire d’automne (CLA) s’attaque aux principales cultures de céréales et aux cultures maraîchères. Elle a été identifiée pour la première fois en Guinée Bissau en août 2017...

Community based Fall armyworm monitoring system in Somalia

Given the tendency of FAW to migrate long distances, it was only a matter of time before the populations from either Kenya or Ethiopia reached Somalia.