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12 Feb 2018 description

BACKGROUND

Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW, is an insect native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. Its larval stage (photo) feeds on more than 80 plant species, including maize, rice, sorghum, millet, sugarcane, vegetable crops, and cotton. FAW can cause significant yield losses if not well managed. It can have a number of generations per year and the moth can fly up to 100 km per night. Its modality of introduction along with its biological and ecological adaptation across Africa are still speculative.

24 Nov 2017 description

BACKGROUND

Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW, is an insect native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. Its larval stage (photo) feeds on more than 80 plant species, including maize, rice, sorghum, millet, sugarcane, vegetable crops and cotton. FAW can cause significant yield losses if not well managed. It can have a number of generations per year and the moth can fly up to 100 km per night.

04 Jul 2017 description

BACKGROUND

Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW, is a moth native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, whose larva (photo) causes damage to crops. It mainly affects maize, with potential hosts from 26 plant families. Significant yield loss can be caused by FAW, if not well managed. FAW has several generations per year and the moth can fly up to 100 km per night.

04 Jul 2017 description

BACKGROUND

Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW, is an insect pest that feeds on more than 80 crop species, causing damage to economically important cultivated cereals such as maize, rice, sorghum, and also to legumes as well as vegetable crops and cotton.

04 Jul 2017 description
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25 Apr 2017 description

25/04/2017

As millions of east African farmers seek to recover from a devastating drought, they face a new threat – the fall armyworm. The pest has been recently detected in Kenya and is suspected to have entered the country from Uganda. It is also known to be present in Burundi, Ethiopia and Rwanda.

08 Jul 2011 description

Joint FAO/WFP/Oxfam statement

8 July 2011, Rome - From mega-emergencies, such as the earthquake in Haiti or the floods in Pakistan, to headline-grabbing humanitarian crises, such as the conflicts in Cote d'Ivoire or Libya, the international community has stepped up to help those impacted by disaster and tragedy over the last few years.

12 Apr 2007 description

New partnership formed to monitor and prevent spread of dangerous fungus

12 April 2007, Rome - A new and virulent fungus that attacks a wide range of wheat varieties has spread from East Africa to Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, FAO reported today.

04 Jan 2007 description

FAO experts at work

4 January 2007, Rome - A Nairobi-based FAO team drawn from animal health experts in a number of countries of the Horn of Africa is working with veterinary in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia to address the latest outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in the region.

Together with officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) and various international aid agencies present in the area, the FAO team is helping draw up preparedness, communication, surveillance and response activities.

05 Dec 2006 description

Excessive rains in October and November in the Horn of Africa have resulted in the worst flooding in many years in parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. The floods have severely damaged infrastructure and housing and caused crop, livestock and asset losses. By early December, heavy rains persisted in several areas, particularly in Kenya, and weather forecasts predict continued precipitation until the end of the year. Overall, preliminary estimates indicate that 150 people have died, 350 000 have been displaced and up to 1.8 million have been adversely affected in the region.

21 Jul 2006 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- The world cereal balance will tighten in 2006/07: the latest forecast for cereal production in 2006 continues to show a slight decrease in global output, while utilization is expected to grow signi.cantly.

27 Apr 2006 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The drought affecting the Horn of Africa and the cumulative effect of successive years of poor rains, coupled in some cases with conflict and civil unrest, is threatening the livelihoods of 15 million people, mostly pastoralists who depend on livestock and agriculture for their way of life. Pastoralists and agro-pastoralists are extremely poor and, with few coping strategies, remain particularly vulnerable to famine.

31 Oct 2005 description

AFRICA: In eastern Africa, despite improved outlook for current season crops in several countries, more than 18 million people are in need of food assistance. In western Africa, notwithstanding improved harvest prospects generally in the Sahel, the food security situation is still of concern notably in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. In Southern Africa, food insecurity is worsening for an estimated 12 million people due to reduced harvests in 2005, escalating food prices and rising energy costs.