Fall Armyworm Outbreak in Zambia: Responses, Impact on Maize Production and Food Security

In November and early December 2016, Zambia experienced an outbreak of the Fall Armyworm which affected fields in over 100 districts in almost all the provinces of Zambia.

Although maize fields were mostly affected, the fall armyworm can affect other crops such as sorghum, millet, cotton and, soybeans. However, the fall armyworm was in some districts mistaken for the stalk borer.

What is the main description and some salient features that differentiate the fall armyworm from the Stalk Borer? Also, what are the lessons learnt and recommendations for the government and smallholder farmers to avert future outbreaks?

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