FAO launches guide to tackle Fall Armyworm in Africa

sample of maize attacked by armyworm

Faced with the infestation of millions of hectares of maize, most in the hands of smallholder farmers, and the relentless spread of Fall Armyworm (FAW) across most of Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched today a comprehensive guide on the integrated pest management of the FAW on maize. The guide was developed with a host of partners: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Lancaster University, Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI), Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA), Colegio de…

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Women farmers in Kano accuse govt of exclusion

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Female farmers in Kano state allege that they are excluded in the various agricultural schemes and empowerment programmes, especially those implemented by the state government. Chairperson of the women wing of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in the state, Fatima Sharif, who spoke to journalists in Kano lamented that female farmers in the state had been abandoned to their fate without being factored into various empowerment programmes run by the state government. “It is discouraging to see that after being courageous enough and our subsequent engagement in what…

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