In early 2018 MAIZE, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other collaborators, released a comprehensive manual on fall armyworm pest management in Africa. The manual, “Fall Armyworm in Africa: A Guide for Integrated Pest Management,” provides tips on FAW identification as well as technologies and practices for effective and sustainable management.
“The strategies outlined in this manual can be of great importance to farmers in India in dealing with this insect pest. FAW is indeed one of the most destructive crop pests, and there is no option than to adopt an integrated pest management strategy to effectively tackle this complex challenge,” said B.M. Prasanna, director of MAIZE and Global Maize Program, CIMMYT. “MAIZE and partners are dedicated to finding solutions to this problem that will protect the food security and incomes of smallholder farmers across Asia and Africa.”
In addition, MAIZE has initiated screening for resistance to fall armyworm in maize germplasm over the last two crop seasons with promising results, with the release of 3 FAW resistant maize varieties planned for late 2019.
Gerphas Ogola, researcher at CIMMYT; Regina Tende, senior research scientist at KALRO; and Anani Bruce, CIMMYT entomologist pause for a photo at the fall armyworm insectary at Katumani station, Kenya. Here, fall armyworm larvae are bred in order learn more about the insect pest and how to best combat it in farmers fields. Photo: Jennifer Johnson.