Sustainable Development Solutions Network
A number of experts presented on the challenge of FAW and solutions, in particular how to move away from the overuse of broad-spectrum pesticides, which are often ineffective and potentially harmful to human and environmental health, towards more effective responses such as integrated pest management (IPM), push-pull, and early warning systems. View the agenda. View the video playlist.
Monday, October 22 – FAW Identification and Infestation
On the first day of the conference participants heard from two presenters; Peter Chinwadafrom IITA described FAW identification and recognition of field infestation in maize agroecosystems, while Frederic Baudron of CIMMYT shared research on factors that contribute to the level of FAW infestation in African smallholder maize fields and quantifying impact on yield. Watch the video.
Tuesday, October 23 – FAW Monitoring and Initial Responses
On the second day of the conference Keith Cressman from FAO presented on FAW monitoring and early warning system (FAMEWS), Paul Jepson of Oregon State University presented on the role for pesticides within FAW integrated pest management, and Step Aston of One Acre Fund shared some responses to FAW outbreaks amongst smallholder farmers. Watch the video.
Wednesday, October 24 – Recommended Responses to FAW
On the third day of the event we heard from three presenters. Joseph Huesing of USAID presented their recent guide on integrated pest management for FAW. Allan Hruska of FAO then presented their guide on sustainable management of FAW for smallholder farmers. Ivan Rwomushana of CABI then shared communication approaches for sustainable FAW management, and opportunities to disseminate information to farmers. Watch the video.
Thursday, October 25 – Breeding, Bt and Push-Pull Options
On the fourth day of the e-conference Isaac Oyediran of Syngenta presented on the role of Bt technology in sustainable agriculture and FAW responses, while Charles Midega of icipe shared work on applying push-pull principles to FAW in maize. Watch the video.
Friday, October 26 – FAW Innovations
In the closing session of the conference, we opened with two lectures. Prasanna Boddupalli of CIMMYT gave a presentation on breeding for resistance to FAW in Africa, while Kenneth Wilson of Lancaster University and the Armyworm Network shared the prospects for using biopesticides for the control of FAW in Africa. After these two presentations, we heard a number of pitches for exciting new technologies for FAW control:
Participants also connected via an online discussion forum that will remain active beyond the virtual conference; if you would like to join, please register online. The video recordings of the sessions have been viewed several hundred times. The conference enrolled about 500 participants from around the world, although a significant majority of participants were based in Africa. Stay tuned for next steps, including future e-conferences!