Malawi hit by crop-munching armyworms

2020-01-23 08:32

An invasion of crop-munching fall armyworm caterpillars has inflicted a further blow to food security in Malawi, where nearly two million people have already been hit by drought.

Zim gets £21.5m grant as millions in southern Africa face hunger

2018-02-12 12:09

A prolonged dry spell and a fall army worm infestation are set to sharply curtail harvests across southern Africa, which could result in severe hunger for millions of people.

Crop-destroying armyworm caterpillars spread to Uganda

2017-03-26 11:15

A plague of crop-destroying fall armyworm caterpillars has spread to East Africa where officials confirmed their presence for the first time in Uganda.

Army worm eats through profits

2017-02-19 07:23

South African maize farmers face lower profits in the coming season as they have to spend thousands more on pesticides to fight an army worm invasion.

UN meeting warns of 'huge' armyworm threat

2017-02-14 18:37

The fall armyworm has a potential to cause a serious food security problem in sub-Saharan Africa, says an expert at emergency UN talks in Harare.

Armyworm attack on SA farms will be ‘disastrous’ - govt

2017-02-02 08:40

SA maize farms are suffering “extensive” damage from what appears to be an alien caterpillar that destroyed fields in other countries in the region, government says.


China drone attack on crop-eating armyworm shows 98% kill rate

2019-09-04 07:27

An army of drones deployed to fight a crop-devouring pest in a southern area of China has recorded a mortality rate of as high as 98%, according to the manufacturer.

Armyworm influx risks worsening South Sudan hunger - UN

2017-07-18 12:00

An invasion of fall armyworms may further damage South Sudanese farming, worsening shortages in the war-torn country where half the population is already facing hunger.

'Pest group' to tackle armyworm invasion - govt

2017-03-02 12:20

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has founded a pest action group to help combat the spread of the fall armyworm, which threatens to destroy maize crops.

Armyworms may invade SA sugar fields after corn

2017-02-17 18:57

An outbreak of fall armyworms that has attacked corn plants may spread to sugarcane in the KwaZulu-Natal province, says the Agricultural Research Council.

Armyworm invading SA is a major threat to global agriculture

2017-02-07 07:46

The fall armyworms that have ravaged maize fields from Ghana to South Africa since arriving on the continent last year could spread to Asia and the Mediterranean, a research body says.

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