The fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda
is a Lepidpopteran pest that feeds in large numbers on leaves and stems of more than 80 plant species, causing major damage to economically important cultivated grasses such as maize, rice, sorghum, sugarcane but also other vegetable crops and cotton.
It has been repeatedly intercepted at quarantine in Europe and was first reported from Africa in 2016 where it is causing significant damage to maize crops and has great potential for further spread and economic damage.
In April 2017, in response to the continuing spread of fall armyworm in Africa, DFID and CABI rapidly published a summary of the pest's present and possible future distribution on the continent, also summarizing information on its impacts, and control measures 'Fall Armyworm Status. Impacts and control options in Africa: Preliminary Evidence Note (April 2017)'