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Piloting biopesticide use to manage fall armyworm in South Sudan

Crop protection in Africa relies heavily on the use of synthetic chemical pesticides. They are perceived to be more effective than other methods but human health concerns and the resistance to them in pest populations is shifting the tide towards lower risk pest management methodologies. Biopesticides are considered a suitable alternative in fall armyworm (FAW) management as they are typically more specific than most synthetic pesticides and are a lower risk to health and the environment. However, those commercial biopesticide products that are available, from the Americas and Europe, to use against FAW in Africa are not available due to inadequate knowledge on their efficacy.

Study explores reasons why smallholder farmers in Kenya do not use more biopesticides

Neem-based biopesticides ‘as good as’ insecticides to fight Fall armyworm

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Plantwise: a potential extension approach fostering uptake of biopesticides

Assessment of potential biopesticide options for managing fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in Africa