Fall armyworm

News in Brief 14 August 2018

  • WHO chief calls on DRC warring parties to halt fighting and prevent Ebola spreading
  • Libyan militias force thousands from displacement settlement: UNHCR
  • Asia’s food security ‘under threat’ as invasive pest spreads to Asia, says FAO
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Combating invasive Armyworm with education for farmers and machine learning

An invasive pest, the Fall Armyworm, risks ruining up to 40 per cent of farmers’ yields in Asia, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday.  The good news is that there are new tools that use machine learning to help farmers combat the caterpillars in a sustainable way, as FAO’s Allan Hruska told UN News’s Jens Renner.

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Fears for food security and the future of farming families, as Fall Armyworm spreads to Asia

An “invasive pest” that devours more than 80 different plant species, including many staple crops, could threaten the food security and livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers in Asia, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Tuesday.

Invasive Fall Armyworm pest threatens food production across Cabo Verde

Africa’s Cabo Verde islands are facing a “formidable” agricultural and economic challenge in the form of an invasive pest known as the Fall Armyworm.

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Don’t 'panic' over Fall Armyworm pest, FAO urges African farmers

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published a comprehensive guide on managing the Fall Armyworm (FAW), a crop-eating pest which originated in Central and South America.

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