Crop-destroying armyworm 'major threat' to world farming: NGO - Phys.Org

A crop-destroying caterpillar native to the Americas is "spreading rapidly" in Africa and threatens farming worldwide, the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) warned on Monday. Two species of the fall armyworm, which can ...and more »

Crop-destroying armyworms on the march through Africa and will hit Asia soon, scientists say - South China Morning Post

Scientists tracking a crop-destroying caterpillar known as armyworm say it is now spreading rapidly across mainland Africa and could reach tropical Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, threatening agricultural trade. In research released ...and more »

Armyworm threatens Africa's food security and could head to Europe - New Europe

A so-called armyworm is threatening Africa's food security, the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi) warned on Monday. According to new research, the pest threatens the livelihood of thousands of farmers in East and West Africa ...and more »

Crop destroying armyworm marches across mainland Africa - Digital Journal

Scientists are calling for urgent action to stop the fall armyworm, a crop-destroying pest that is spreading rapidly across mainland Africa, threatening food security and agricultural trade. Scientists at the Britain-based Centre for Agriculture and ...and more »

South Africa: Plan in Motion to Fight Fall Army Worm -

A South African Emergency Plant Pest Response Plan, which deals with new pest detections, is already in motion to fight the Fall Army Worm (FAW). Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana briefed the media on Monday following the ...and more »

Pest alert: Detection of Spodoptera Frugiperda (Fall Army Worm) for the first time in South Africa, 6 February 2017 - ReliefWeb

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) recently (03 February 2017) received a diagnostic report from the Agricultural Research Council, Plant Protection Research Institute (ARC PPRI) which confirms that the Fall Army Worm was ...and more »

'Fall armyworm' attacks southern African crops - Deutsche Welle

Southern Africa is facing a plague of pests which is threatening crop harvests and food supplies for millions of people. Zimbabwe hosts an emergency FAO meeting next week to shape a coordinated regional response. Herbst-Heerwurm. The fall armyworm is ...and more »

Armyworm problem spreads through Africa - eNCA

HARARE - A pest devastating maize crops is spreading rapidly in Africa, with South Africa and Zimbabwe confirming its presence on Tuesday. The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been detected in South Africa's northern Limpopo province, the ...and more »

Crop destroying caterpillar rapidly spreading across Africa; maize production endangered - MercoPress

Fall armyworm is native to the Americas and can devastate maize production, the staple food crop that is essential for food security in large areas of Africa. New research announced by scientists at CABI (Center for Agriculture and Bioscience ...and more »

African Nations and Scientists Sound Alarm Over Spread of Crop Pest - Yale Environment 360

Scientists and government officials are growing increasingly concerned about the rapid spread of fall armyworm — an agricultural pest known to cause major damage to staple crops such as maize — across Africa in recent months. Native to North and ...and more »