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Curry Club Talk: Fall armyworm and the problem of invasive species 

January 24th, 2019

Date(s) - 24/01/2019
10:45 am - 2:00 pm

143 Strand

Roger Day will speak on this subject of Fall armyworm and the problem of invasive species devastating crops and livelihoods. He is an entomologist by training, with over 35 years’ experience of tropical agriculture in Africa and Asia covering research, development and capacity building in the areas of invasive species and integrated pest management.  He has worked at CABI since 1991 in a variety of roles, and is now Programme Executive for “Action on Invasives”, a new programme funded by DFID (UK) and DGIS (Netherlands). CABI is a member of TAA.

The Fall Armyworm (FAW) has clearly demonstrated the global problem of invasive species. It is a highly damaging pest in its native Americas, but it unexpectedly appeared in Africa in 2016. The continent was caught unprepared for such an emergency. Yield losses in Africa run to billions of dollars a year, with direct impact on smallholder livelihoods. Widespread use (and misuse) of legal and illegal pesticides has likely further impacted human health and the environment.  Rapid spread across sub-Saharan Africa has been followed by spread into Asia.  The threat of invasive species such as FAW is well recognised internationally, including in the International Plant Protection Convention, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Sustainable Development Goals. But many developing countries have difficulty putting these commitments into practice. CABI’s “Action on Invasives” programme aims to address this situation, tackling high priority species such as FAW as a way of strengthening capabilities to respond to the increasing threat from invasive species.

10.45 gather for coffee, 11.30 talk starts, followed by Curry Lunch (£15 per head to cover coffee, venue and lunch). Book your place through Terry Wiles

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