USAID Launches Partnership to Combat Crop-Threatening Fall Army worm in South Sudan

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JUBA, South Sudan

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT); Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) and AgBiTech in partnership with South Sudan have launched a project aimed at combating Fall Army worm, an insect that can cause significant damage to crops, including maize and sorghum

Fall Army worm had destroyed thousands of yields across South Sudan which threatens exacerbate food insecurity that is already severe.

Maize yield losses in 12 other African countries could range from 21 percent to 53 percent of annual maize production, according to CABI

Fall Armyworm has destroyed maize, sorghum, and other crops in South Sudan and across 43 other countries in Africa. Maize yield losses in 12 other African countries could range from 21 percent to 53 percent of annual maize production, according to CABI.

The partnership will train and support almost 500 South Sudanese farmers to use Fawligen to control Fall Armyworm and protect maize crop yields. If the product performs according to results in other African countries, farmers will safely protect 1 metric ton of maize per hectare, enough grain to provide food security to a family of 12 for one year or 6,000 people overall.

Fawligen is a biological pesticide product used for caterpillar pest control that is suitable for organic farming. It is being used widely in other African and developed countries. In Nigeria, crops treated with Fawligen since 2018 recovered well after an infestation of Fall Armyworm, and continued to perform better thereafter.

USAID, on behalf of the American people, is the largest donor to the people of South Sudan.