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December 11th, 2018 / reliefweb

Recognizing the enormity of the challenge the Fall Armyworm poses on smallholder farmers, government representatives and partners stressed the need to bolster a novel community-based approach being promoted in Eastern Africa to assist farmers and development agents at the frontline to identify and manage the spread of the pest.

In a meeting to review the progress of the subregional project, “Establishing an Emergency Community–based Fall Armyworm Monitoring, Forecasting, Early Warning and Management System in Eastern Africa,” representatives from six Eastern African nations, partners and the funding agency, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), reiterated the fact that the community-based monitoring and management system based on regular field scouting, pheromone trapping and mobile phone-based data collection and reporting should be scaled up for widespread impact in managing the damage caused by the pest. Read more