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Project advocates village-based biological control of fall armyworm in Zambia

Maize (Corn)
Zambia
Published Jun 17, 2023

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CABI working with the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) and the University of Zambia (UNZA) is embarking on a project, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), to advocate village-based biological control of the devastating fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in rural Zambia.The project will help improve livelihoods and ensure greater food security for smallholder farmers by helping them produce their own safer-to-use and more environmentally-friendly product to tackle the pest which can ravage maize crops.Special focus will be placed on women and young farmers in communities where the project will seek to conduct more field trials of biocontrol agents as part of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans that reduce the need for more toxic chemical pesticides.The project was officially launched at the InterContinental Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia and included representatives from a range of partners including ZARI, UNZA, Ministry of ...
Source: Cabi
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