Partnering to Combat Fall Armyworm in Africa

bullet Last Updated: Jan 31, 2018
Learn more and join the call to action to combat fall armyworm in Africa.
Katherine Karambu – FTF KAVES.

The Fall Armyworm is an invasive crop pest that is rapidly spreading across Africa, threatening maize harvests in particular, and food security more broadly.

The good news is, we largely know how to solve this issue. The Americas have successfully controlled the pest and have a lot of know-how and experiences to share. By working together, we can help Africa tackle this challenge and build resilience to manage future agricultural threats.

Governments, businesses, civil society, the research community, and foundations must work together to assist Africans in combatting Fall Armyworm. To effectively manage this food security threat, we need to help African countries and farmers respond rapidly and prevent major damage before it greatly affects the world’s food supply and exacerbates global poverty and hunger.

Learn more about this crop pest, why it’s a problem, and what we’re doing about it in this fact sheet.

Fall Armyworm Facts:

  • In Africa, the Fall Armyworm’s presence is confirmed in 28 countries and suspected in 9 additional countries (FAO, December 2017).

  • The Fall Armyworm feeds on over 80 different crops including maize, rice, sorghum and sugarcane (CABI, September 2017).

  • It could cause losses of 8.3 million to 20.6 million metric tons of maize in 12 African countries annually (CABI, September 2017), which could feed 40.8 million to 101 million people.

Be a Part of the Solution

Fall Armyworm Tech Prize: Feed the Future and its partners will be looking for digital solutions that help identify and provide actionable information on how to treat the Fall Armyworm in Africa, considering countries’ policies and laws, as well as cultural context. We have two ways for you to get involved in supporting solutions that empower smallholder farmers to effectively manage the threat of Fall Armyworm. 

  • Have a relevant innovation that could help? Click here to learn more about submitting your solution. We encourage innovators from around the world to apply!
  • Interested in supporting this effort? We are also seeking partners interested in providing financial, technical and other in-kind support. Email fallarmyworm@usaid.gov to connect with us.

Fall Armyworm Guidance and Related Resources

Fall Armyworm in Africa: A Guide for Integrated Pest Management (First Edition)

In collaboration with international and national research and development partners, Feed the Future developed this Fall Armyworm Technical Guide to share the latest protocols related to integrated pest management to control this pest. We intend to revise and release subsequent editions of this Technical Manual as more evidence emerges on effective management of Fall Armyworm.

Fact Sheet: Combatting Fall Armyworm

Feed the Future strengthens the capacity of African communities, institutions and governments to manage the Fall Armyworm through a range of sustainable and effective integrated pest management strategies that protect people and the environment. Learn more in this fact sheet.

Press Release: USAID Administrator Green Announces Call to Action, New Private Sector Partnerships

In a keynote address at the annual World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green announced a call to action to combat the Fall Armyworm. Check out this press release to learn more.

Map of Areas affected by Fall Armyworm

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, December 2017.