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How is CABI addressing the fall armyworm threat to farmers?

Evidence note

In an evidence note funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), CABI now estimates that fall armyworm could cost just 12 of the continent’s major maize–producing economies a total of US$2.2bn to US$5.5bn a year in lost maize harvests if the pest is not properly managed.

Recommendations included in the evidence note are now being implemented. CABI has given farmers advice on the identification and control of the pest through Plantwise plant clinics running in the affected countries.

Educational materials

CABI (through Plantwise and its new Action on Invasives programme) has disseminated posters and leaflets to many affected countries and developed radio and TV programming to help identify and manage the pest. The radio programming is estimated to have reached 1.2 million farmers so far and the TV programming nearly 140,000.

Working in partnership

In Ghana, a national stakeholder planning and response workshop organised by CABI and the Ghanaian government led to the creation of a national task force to tackle fall armyworm. In Uganda, CABI supported plant health rallies, reaching over 6,000 people


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UK Department for International Development (DFID)

The Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS, Netherlands)

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

The European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)

Irish Aid

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China