Fall Armyworm: Scaling up response across the globe
The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, today urged all stakeholders to scale up global response to fall armyworm, as the invasive pest continues to spread rapidly to new countries and territories, causing serious damage to food production and affecting millions of farmers across the globe. He spoke at the 5th Steering Committee Meeting on Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control.
In 2016, only six African countries reported fall armyworm outside its native range. Today, over 70 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Near East are reporting infestations of the pest. In October this year, it was found to have reached the Solomon Islands in the Pacific – a stark reminder that fall armyworm knows no boundaries as it accelerates its march across the planet. ··