Cambridge-Africa

Prize offered to combat Spread of Armyworm

12 April 2018

Fall armyworm (FAW) poses a serious threat to food security in sub-Saharan Africa. Originally from the Americas, FAW outbreaks first occurred in West Africa in early 2016 and  could devastate food supplies across the continent, exacerbating global poverty and hunger. FAW attacks more than 80 different plant species and agriculture experts estimate the pest may cause over $13 billion in losses for crops like maize, sorghum, rice, and sugarcane. It can also fly up to 1,600 kilometres in 30 hours meaning it can easily migrate to surrounding farms and countries.The prize is seeking digital tools and approaches that provide timely, context-specific information that enable smallholder farmers and those who support them to identify, treat, and track incidence of fall armyworm in Africa. This prize is focused on sourcing and sparking innovations for African smallholder farmers and those that work with them, Read more

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