New report reveals cost of Fall Armyworm to farmers in Africa, provides recommendations for control

CABI has published an ‚Äėevidence note‚Äô report on the invasive Fall Armyworm pest, showing how the caterpillar could cause maize losses costing 12 African countries up to US$6.1 billion per annum, unless control methods are urgently put in place.
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A can of worms: fall armyworm invasion in Africa

By CABI’s Roger Day. Reblogged from the Food and Business Knowledge Portal The fall armyworm is still invading regions in Africa. Since 2016 this worm has been spreading across sub-Saharan Africa and has been officially identified in 11 countries. Roger Day from the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International¬†(CABI) elaborates on its dangers in this…
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Kenya gets new production facility to control crop pest

By Sam Otieno. Reblogged from SciDevNet A facility has been launched in Kenya to aid commercial production of a protein bait to control fruit flies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The US$250,000 facility, which resulted from public-private partnership involving the¬†International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)¬†and Kenya Biologics Ltd,¬†will enable smallholders¬†control fruit flies that devastate their¬†fruits…
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Five invasive pests cost African smallholders $1 billion every year

New research by CABI reveals that just five invasive alien species are causing US$0.9 – 1.1 billion in economic losses to smallholder farmers across six eastern African countries each year, equating to 1.8% – 2.2% of total agricultural GDP for the region. These losses are expected to grow to $1.0 ‚Äď 1.2 billion per year…
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Where to find CABI’s open-access information on fall armyworm

The fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, is making headlines worldwide for all the wrong reasons. The caterpillar crop pest, native to the Americas, was reported in Africa for the first time last year and is now rapidly marching across the continent. It is a voracious pest of maize and other staple crops and has already destroyed…
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Scientists discover new crop-destroying Armyworm is now ‚Äúspreading rapidly‚ÄĚ in Africa

  New research announced today by scientists at CABI confirms that a recently introduced crop-destroying armyworm caterpillar is now spreading rapidly across Mainland Africa and could spread to tropical Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, becoming a major threat to agricultural trade worldwide.
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Pakistan’s papaya pest squished through biocontrol

  A severe infestation of the papaya mealybug (Paracoccus marginatus) nearly wiped out papaya orchards in Pakistan before this largely farming South Asian country decided to replace conventional chemical pesticides that were ineffective, with natural predators that proved to be successful.¬†
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Invasive species ‚Äď telling the story of the hidden threat to livelihoods

The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) has blogged about CABI‚Äôs activities in its ‚ÄėPartner Spotlight‚Äô feature (12-15). One of these was our new invasive species programme which is re-posted here. Millions of people living in rural communities around the world face problems with invasive species ‚Äďanimals, diseases, insects and plants ‚Äď that are out…
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Invasive alien species (IAS) threaten livelihoods and biodiversity globally

Invasions from non-native plants, animals and pathogens threaten the economies of the world‚Äôs poorest nations, according to a new study. The study, published in Nature Communications (‚ÄėGlobal threats from invasive alien species in the twenty-first century and national response capacities‚Äô) found that one-sixth of the world‚Äôs land is highly vulnerable to invasion, including substantial areas…
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CABI at EcoSummit 2016

CABI promoted its new invasive species initiative at this year’s EcoSummit event which took place in Montpellier, France, from 29 August ‚Äď 1 September. CABI‚Äôs latest initiative aims to tackle the issue of invasive species to improve the lives of 50 million farmers in Africa and Asia. Launched in Copenhagen in 1996, the event provides…
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