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Fall Armyworm

Fall Armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda

The Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is an insect that feeds on more than 80 plant species, including maize, rice, sorghuim and sugarcane but also vegetable crops and cotton. It has a voracious appetite, reproduces and spreads quickly, given the right environmental conditions.

Since late 2016 Fall armyworm has been spreading across much of sub-Saharan Africa and has officially been identified in 11 countries and suspected to be present in at least 14 others.

Governments, regional and international organisations in Africa are coming together to identify the best way to manage this major pest, which is threatening food security.

This web page brings together information on CABI's activities to date and links to reports and extension materials for use and reproduction by interested parties.