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Responding to Fall Armyworm in Africa (e-conference)

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SDSN’s Thematic Network on Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems is organizing a carbon-free e-conference on responding to the fall armyworm (FAW) outbreak in Africa. Two years after FAW arrived in Africa, we would like to take stock of what we have learned so far and where we are going next. The event will explore questions such as: What are effective strategies in reaching farmers across the continent? How effective have responses to FAW been? What are the long-term consequences of these responses? What innovative ideas might work better in the short- and long-term?

Participants in this e-conference are invited to join five sessions on various aspects of responding to the FAW outbreak in Africa. Each session will last about 90 minutes and will take place around 1 pm GMT, catching the Americas in the morning, Africa and Europe in the afternoon, and Asia in the evening. An online platform will be available 24/7 for participants to meet, share work, and continue the discussion. The conference will result in a shared action agenda that everyone can contribute to. This action agenda will guide responses to the FAW outbreak in the year to come.

The full programme can be viewed here

Confirmed speakers:

Peter Chinwada, IITA
Frederic Baudron, CIMMYT
Keith Cressman, FAO
Paul Jepson, Oregon State University

Step Aston, One Acre Fund
Joseph Huesing, USAID

Allan Hruska, FAO
Ivan Rwomushana, CABI
Prasanna Boddupalli, CIMMYT

Isaac Oyediran, Syngenta
Charles Midega, Icipe

Kenneth Wilson, Lancaster University and Armyworm Network

Cyhana Williams, Henson Geodata Technologies
Finalists of the Nesta Fall Armyworm Tech Prize
Ken Giller, Wageningen University and SDSN

Linda Veldhuizen, Wageningen University and SDSN

Program in brief (daily from 13:00-14:30 GMT):

22 October: Fall Armyworm (FAW) identification and infestation
23 October: FAW monitoring and initial responses
24 October: Recommended responses to FAW
25 October: Breeding, Bt and push-pull options
26 October: FAW innovations

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