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May 8th, 2018 / The Strats Times, Singapore

On farms across Africa, a seemingly innocuous brown and beige caterpillar is waging a silent war, devastating rural incomes and posing a major threat to the continent’s food supply.

In just two years, the so-called fall armyworm has colonised three-quarters of Africa, according to the British-based Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI).

Its favourite food is maize, also known as corn, the staple on which over 200 million smallholder farming families depend for their livelihoods. Read more