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SDSN’s Thematic Network on Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems is organizing a carbon-free e-conference on responding to the fall armyworm (FAW) outbreak in Africa. Two years after FAW arrived in Africa, we would like to take stock of what we have learned so far and where we are going next. The event will explore questions such as: What are effective strategies in reaching farmers across the continent? How effective have responses to FAW been? What are the long-term consequences of these responses? What innovative ideas might work better in the short- and long-term?
Participants in this e-conference are invited to join five sessions on various aspects of responding to the FAW outbreak in Africa. Each session will last about 90 minutes and will take place around 1 pm GMT, catching the Americas in the morning, Africa and Europe in the afternoon, and Asia in the evening. An online platform will be available 24/7 for participants to meet, share work, and continue the discussion. The conference will result in a shared action agenda that everyone can contribute to. This action agenda will guide responses to the FAW outbreak in the year to come.
Peter Chinwada, University of Zimbabwe
Frederic Baudron, CIMMYT
Allan Hruska, FAO
Paul Jepson, Oregon State University
Joseph Huesing, USAID
Charles Midega, Icipe
Prasanna Boddupalli, CIMMYT
Keith Cressman, FAO
Ken Giller, Wageningen University and SDSN
Linda Veldhuizen, Wageningen University and SDSN
Program in brief (daily from 13:00-14:30 GMT):
22 October: Fall Armyworm (FAW) identification and infestation
23 October: Monitoring FAW infestation across Africa
24 October: Effects of pesticide application in response to FAW
25 October: What has been tried so far?
26 October: What else can we try?
- USAID and CIMMYT, 2018. Fall Armyworm in Africa: A guide for integrated pest management
- FAO, 2018. Integrated management of the Fall Armyworm on maize: A guide for farmer field schools in Africa
- UKaid and CABI, 2017. Fall Armyworm: Impacts and Implications for Africa. Evidence Note
- Midega, CAO, Pittchar, JO, Pickett, JA, Hailu, GW and Khana, ZR, 2018. A climate-adapted push-pull system effectively controls fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J E Smith), in maize in East Africa. Crop Protection 105, pp. 10-15
- Lancaster University Armyworm Network
- CABI resources on Fall Armyworm
- FAO resources on Fall Armyworm
- USAID Fall Armyworm Tech Prize finalists