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Southern Africa: Armyworm Outbreak (March 2017)

Situation Overview

Southern Africa is under threat from a new pest in the region, the Fall Armyworm, which could have severe impacts on crop production, food security, nutrition and livlihoods in the region. This follows a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Nino event, which negatively affected food security in the Southern Africa region. FAO held an emergency meeting in Zimbabwe from 14 to 16 February 2017 with regional experts from 13 countries, in order to co-ordinate emergency responses to the armyworm threat in the region. The Fall Armyworm is classified as a quarantine pest and countries could therefore be affected by import bans on agricultural products. The problem is reportedly compounded by the newness of the pest to the region (originallly from South America) and it’s resistance to common pest control chemicals.

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Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
23 Mar 2017
Map/Infographic Type: 
Infographic
Location(s): 
Botswana
Malawi
Mozambique
Namibia
South Africa
Swaziland
Tanzania, United Republic of
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Theme(s): 
Environment
Natural Disasters
Coordination hub(s): 
Eastern Africa Office
Southern Africa Office
Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017