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Fall Armyworm Arrives in Africa on the Heels of #ClimateChange #ActOnClimate

Fall Armyworm Arrives in Africa on the Heels of #ClimateChange #ActOnClimate

Tobias Okwara is a farmer in Kayoro Parish in southeastern Uganda. In the midst of a long drought that began in May 2016, he and his neighbors got together to discuss what to do. Food was becoming scarce, and they hoped to recover quickly once the rains started again. They decided they would pool their meagre resources and plant a large communal field of maize. By spring 2017, the rains had finally returned, and their maize was thriving. Then the fall armyworm appeared seemingly out of nowhere. Larvae of the nondescript gray moths hatched and ate their way through the field of young corn. Endemic to North and South America, the fall armyworm was first spotted in January 2016 in Nigeria. No one knows for certain how it arrived on the African continent, but since its initial appearance, the pest has spread to more than 28 countries , including South Africa, Burundi, Rwanda, ...

Full article: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/fall-armyworm-arrives-af...

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