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October 1st, 2018 / SciDevNet

Fighting fall armyworm requires global efforts as the pest could spread to more countries, warn scientists. Within the past two years, Fall armyworm has spread to 44 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, threatening the food security of about 200 million people who depend on maize as a staple food crop, experts say. The detection of the crop pest in India in July this year and the rapid spread of the worm in the country in a few weeks, the scientists add, shows there is a need for collaboration to find lasting solutions. Read more.