Managing Fall Armyworm: A guide to low cost pest management approaches

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Fall armyworm (FAW), scientific name Spodoptera frugiperda Smith, is an invasive pest that first arrived in sub-Saharan Africa in 2016. It is a pest of maize and other cereals, although it can eat many plants, and when it first arrived, fearful of the damage it might wreak, regional governments released millions of USD to purchase and distribute pesticides to farmers. Unfortunately, many of these chemicals were not effective. In addition, there are serious risks to human health and environment from the misuse of chemical pesticides.

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