Fall Armyworm a Serious Threat to sub-Sarahan African Food Security in 2018


The fall armyworm feeds on more than 80 different crops including maize, rice, sorghum, sugarcane, vegetables, and cotton. Photo: CABI.

Once considered a pest plaguing only North and South America, the fall armyworm (FAW) arrived in Africa in force in 2016, likely arriving in Nigeria through imported produce. Capable of flying 100 km overnight and laying 1,000 larvae in 10 days, the armyworm has now spread across the African continent in two years, leaving only four countries in sub-Saharan Africa yet to report infestations as of March 2018: Eritrea, Lesotho, Mauritius, and Seychelles.

The fall armyworm feeds on more than 80 different crops including maize, rice, sorghum, sugarcane, vegetables, and cotton. Within maize, a key food staple in sub-Sarahan Africa, the Centre for Agricultural…

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