The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has released November 2018 Fall Armyworm Situation Report. Since first observed in 2016, the pest has caused major economic damages to Nigeria’s agriculture sector, with the strongest impact being on producer households.
The Fall Armyworm (FAW) is negatively affecting the food production and incomes of more than a million producer households across Nigeria, resulting in more than USD 268 million worth of losses in earnings in Abia, Ekiti, Ondo and Oyo states alone, as of November 2017.
In July 2018, FAO mapped the impact of the FAW on livelihoods in six states in southern Nigeria, with the mapping of an additional six states in the northern region ongoing. However, significant questions about the impact of the FAW in the other 24 unmapped states of Nigeria remain.
FAO’s funding for FAW activities has been depleted – the Organization is currently the sole financial source for its response in Nigeria. Though committed to saving the livelihoods of farmers and other agriculture sector stakeholders affected by FAW, FAO faces significant financial constraints to carry out monitoring, prevention and response activities.
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