Fall armyworm ‘threatens African farmers’ livelihoods

Scientists are calling for urgent action to halt the spread of a pest that is destroying maize crops and spreading rapidly across Africa.

The fall armyworm poses a major threat to food security and agricultural trade, warns the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi).

It says farmers’ livelihoods are at risk as the non-native larvae threatens to reach Asia and the Mediterranean.

The Food and Agriculture Organization plans emergency talks on the issue.


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