Fall Armyworm (FAW) is a chronic pest that causes severe damage to food crops such as maize, sorghum, millet and soybean. It has become one of the major threats to food and nutrition security in Africa. FAW was first detected in Ghana in 2016 and it quickly spread to all regions in the country. Initially, FAW was primarily controlled and managed by the use of hazardous pesticides.
The SAIRLA Ghana National Learning Alliance (NLA) has worked closely with Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) to support the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) to put in place planning and policy implementation processes and coordinating mechanisms at the national, regional, district and community levels to regulate the use of chemicals in managing FAW.
As a result of the Ghana NLA’s intervention, there is evidence of a shift from the use of non- bio-rational pesticides to bio-rational products in the government’s short, medium and long- term FAW infestation management measures.