This online conference will bring together researchers from around the world working on Fall Armyworm (FAW) management to present their latest findings. We invite researchers, including early career scientists and those working at local institutions, to submit abstracts. The programme is organised into eight plenary sessions, each covering a different topic related to the development of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for FAW and chaired by an expert in the field. These sessions will comprise a series of oral presentations of original research followed by an extended Q&A. In addition, we will hold an online Poster session, where researchers can present ‘work-in-progress’ or smaller studies, such as student work. The poster session will involve two-minute ‘elevator pitches’, where presenters can draw attention to key findings, and posters will remain up for the duration of the conference and afterwards.
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Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda Smith) (FAW) is an invasive pest native to the Americas that was first detected in West Africa in 2016, and has since spread across Africa and Asia. FAW is a voracious pests that preferentially feeds on cereals, such as maize and rice, and hence is a threat to the food security and livelihoods of millions of smallholders.
During the conference scientists around the world working on solutions to Fall Armyworm management will present their latest results, with particular focus on promoting the development of smallholder-oriented integrated pest management strategies (IPM). We will hear from scientists working on a range of topics including agroecology, biological control, plant breeding, cultural control, biological, botanical and chemical pesticides, monitoring and action thresholds, and tools for capacity building and enhanced extension. The event will be live streamed using Zoom and there will be both oral sessions and posters.
On the 23rd September we will host a keynote presentation summarising progress on the development of IPM technologies and a high-level panel discussion. In the afternoon, this will be followed by a FAW Focal Point meeting for Southern Africa (23 September) (SADC), where the national focal points will present progress on the development of IPM strategies in their respective countries.
The conference is organized by the Zambia Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI) and the Ministry of Agriculture (Zambia), World Agroforestry (ICRAF), Southern African Development Community (SADC) – Plant protection committee, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) Regional Office for Africa, and supported by Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation.