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Sustainable management of Fall armyworm

In some areas, Fall Armyworm can destroy 60-70 percent of corn production, but it also attacks more than 300 other crops. Photo: Ragnar Våga Pedersen.
Active Last updated: 24.04.2024
End: dec 2024
Start: jan 2020

Sustainable management of the Fall Armyworm (FAW) in Africa coordinated by FAO. NIBIO is one of the implementing partners in Malawi.


Fall armyworm in Malawi. Photo: Karl Thunes/NIBIO.
Damage from fall armyworm. Since 2016, this pest has spread throughout Africa. Photo: Ragnar Våga Pedersen.
External project link Information from FAO about sustainable management of FAW
Start - end date 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2024
Project manager Elisabetta Tagliati, FAO
Project manager at Nibio Karl Thunes

Together with the Plant Production and Protection Division of FAO, NIBIO will improve the FAMEWS (FAW Monitoring & Early Warning System) App for identification, monitoring and fighting FAW. Using the VIPS technology platform for pest prediction, the VIPS prediction model will be integrated into the new version of FAMEWS.

VIPS is an open and freely available service that can alert the producers about diseases, pests and weeds in important agricultural and horticultural crops in Norway. The aim is to provide easy access to information needed by advisors and growers to assess the need for plant protection measures at an early stage.

The Latin American fall armyworm is one of the pests that threatens food security in Africa and India. It does enormous damage to corn and other food plants, and it continues to spread. VIPS will be a tool in the war against fall armyworm.