Insect Infestation

Plant pest still causing massive destruction of crops despite progress in tackling it
Farmers in parts of Western, Rift Valley and Nyanza are staring at losses after fall armyworm invaded their farms, destroying maize, sorghum and finger millet.
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FAO's Office of Evaluation conducted a real time evaluation across three phases spread over one year, covering specific aspects of the response: coordination between June to October 2020, management at country level, and lessons learnt.
Armyworm feeding on a corn plant
Adopting a novel planting technique known as “push-pull farming” can help massively reduce crop losses to pests and improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa, new research has found.
Fall armyworm larva
A CABI-led study has developed the first forecasting models targeting the larval stages of fall armyworm– using near real-time earth observation data and pest occurrence within a farmer's field, the models will assist in the fight against the pest.
In 2020, CWS Japan, in partnership with Community World Service Asia (CWSA) and with support from Japan Platform, responded to this compound disaster in the Sindh province of Pakistan in two phases.
The purpose of this article is to describe the chronology, responses to, and impacts of the recent desert locust episode in Pakistan, including risks to food security and possible approaches for preventing future desert locust incursions.
FAO Sub-Saharan Africa - Strengthening resilience
This publication highlights how FAO is working with partners and governments to strengthen the ability of communities in sub-Saharan Africa and food systems to withstand and rapidly recover from crises.
Samburu landscape viewed through swarm of invasive, destructive Desert Locusts.
Somalia has opened the National Desert Locust Monitoring and Control Centre in Somalia. The Centre, which opened on 3 November 2021 in Qardho, will not only serve Puntland but will also act as the National Desert Locust Early Warning and Control base.
A new CABI-led study has sought to set out a framework and method for assessing the performance and responsiveness of an invasive species system.