Armyworm Spread: Food Shortage To Hit Sub-Saharan Africa
There is hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa, but it is even going to get worse as food shortage spurred by armyworms, is expected to hit the region.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO is warming that there is imminent spread of Fall Armyworm, FAW to larger areas within countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
In an emailed statement, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, Bukar Tijani was said to have given the warning on Thursday at a FAW resource partners’ meeting in Rome.
Tijani also warned that FAW could spread to northern Africa, southern Europe and the Near East.
He said that armyworm had become more destructive as it now fed on more crops and different parts of crops, with increasingly appetite for sorghum, millet and maize.
Tijani said that FAO was asking for 23 million U.S. dollars to scale up the FAW campaign and train more than 500,000 farmers on how to manage the pest in Farmer Field Schools, FFS in sub-Saharan Africa.
The FFS entails a group-based learning process which has been used by some governments, NGOs and international agencies to promote Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Tijani said: “FAW could leave 300 million people hungry in sub-Saharan Africa, having already infested maize and sorghum fields across 44 countries, covering an area of more than 22 million square kilometres.
“We are particularly concerned about the disastrous impact which FAW can have on countries that are already facing crises.”
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