Southern Africa Battles Armyworm Invasion

Army worms are a common pest, but this year's invasion has sparked particular concern, as the region already faces food security woes due to the prolonged drought caused by El Niño.


Fall army worm.

  • Zambia:   Worm Invasion Declared National Crisis

    Times of Zambia, 3 January 2017

    VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has declared the continued rampaging of army worms as a national crisis and implored the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) to improve… Read more »

  • South Africa:   Plan in Motion to Fight Fall Army Worm, 7 February 2017

    A South African Emergency Plant Pest Response Plan, which deals with new pest detections, is already in motion to fight the Fall Army Worm (FAW). Read more »

  • Namibia:   African Armyworm Besieges Omusati

    Namibian, 19 January 2017

    FARMERS in the Omusati region are likely to lose 50% of their crops to a chemical-resistant African armyworm infestation which was first detected in August last year. Read more »

  • Zimbabwe:   Army Worm Invasion Dashes Farmers' Hopes

    Zimbabwe Standard, 22 January 2017

    BARNABAS Mabhena, a communal farmer in Bubi district, Matabeleland North province, says he had this year stocked adequate pesticides and was ready to fight any crop-eating pests --… Read more »

  • Zimbabwe:   'Armyworm' Threatens Crops

    Deutsche Welle, 23 January 2017

    After a prolonged drought, incessant rains in most parts of Zimbabwe had raised hope that food shortages would be eased. But an outbreak of armyworms may be making the situation… Read more »