Preparing countries to keep Fall Armyworm away from their territories
Fall Armyworm has already affected more than seventy countries worldwide and is now classified as a priority pest in many regions of the world. According to FAO, up to 17.7 million tonnes of maize could be lost annually if Fall Armyworm is not properly prevented and managed, enough to feed tens of millions of people. Due to its capacity to fly up to 100 km per day and its high reproductive rate, this transboundary pest can spread rapidly across borders, also helped by international trade and travel. Once introduced and established in a new territory, Fall Armyworm is impossible to eradicate. That is why preventing its introduction and further spread is critical to limit damages on food security and agriculture.
The Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has developed Prevention, preparedness and response guidelines to stop Fall Armyworm’s spread to new areas. These guidelines are directed at the national plant protection organizations of countries where Fall Armyworm is regulated as a quarantine pest. Developed under the framework of the FAO Global Action for Fall Armyworm control in consultation with Europe, the Near East and North Africa, and the Pacific region, the IPPC guidelines for Spodoptera frugiperda identify globally harmonized measures and actions countries can take to stop Fall Armyworm from spreading to their territories.··