FAO / FALL ARMYWORM MAIZE

16-Feb-2018 00:01:50
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched today a comprehensive guide on the integrated pest management of the Fall Armyworm, which has infested millions of hectares of maize across most of Africa. FAO
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STORY: FAO / FALL ARMYWORM MAIZE
TRT: 01:50
SOURCE: FAO
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: NATS

DATELINE: DECEMBER 2017, MULTIPLE LOCATIONS, CABO VERDE
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DECEMBER 2017, SÃO NICOLAU ISLAND, CABO VERDE

1. Young girl with a corn cob

DECEMBER 2017, SANTO ANTÃO ISLAND, CABO VERDE

2. Drone shot of cultivated landscape

DECEMBER 2017, SÃO NICOLAU ISLAND, CABO VERDE

3. Maize field

DECEMBER 2017, SÃO VICENTE ISLAND, CABO VERDE

4. Detail of damaged corn leaf - São Vicente Island
5. Drone shot of cultivated landscape - São Vicente Island

DECEMBER 2017, SANTIAGO ISLAND, CABO VERDE

6. Men inspecting and taking photos of baby maize plants in a field
7. Detail of plant damaged by Fall Armyworm
8. CU of worms on the palm of a man’s hand
9. CU worm on maize leaves
10. Man walking through maize field
11. Drone shot of barren landscape
12. Detail of wilted maize plant
13. Drone shot of maize fields
14. Farmer at work in maize field
15. Men spraying maize field
16. CU maize damaged plants
17. Man inspecting damaged maize plant
18. Detail of damaged maize plants / various
19. FAO Representative inspecting a maize field
20. Detail of maize leaves infested with Fall Armyworm
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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched today (16 Feb) a comprehensive guide on the integrated pest management of the Fall Armyworm, which has infested millions of hectares of maize across most of Africa.

FAO said the guide would help smallholder farmers and frontline agricultural staff to manage Fall Armyworm (FAW) more effectively amidst fears that the pest may push more people into hunger. Central and Southern Africa are particularly on high alert, as the main maize growing season is currently underway in these regions.

Based on a learning-by-doing approach and designed for Farmers Field Schools, the guide is packed with hands-on advice. It provides support for a correct identification of this new foe for African farmers, and offers options to manage it in an integrated, ecological and sustainable way.

FAO also calls on those African countries likely to be affected soon, given the current distribution of FAW in Africa, to get prepared by: re-enforcing early warning systems at community level, raising awareness among farmers, and using available materials, such as the guide.

By early 2018, only ten, mostly in the north of the continent, out of the 54 African states and territories have not reported infestations by the invasive pest.

The guide recommended that at a national policy level, information and recommendations regarding the role of pesticides in FAW management are urgently needed. The guide warned that insecticide applications are costly, may not work because of resistance, poor application techniques, or low-quality pesticides, and will negatively affect FAW's natural enemies.

FAO said although farmers might receive insecticides free this year, and maybe next, it was doubtful this would continue in the longer-term. The Organization said alternative and sustainable solutions must be found as FAW is in Africa to stay and would be infesting maize fields for many years to come.
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