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Fall armyworm management by maize smallholders in Malawi: an integrated pest management strategic plan

Author: Murray, K.
Author: Jepson, P.C.
Author: Chaola, M.
Year: 2019
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10883/20170
Abstract: The purpose of this strategic plan is to lay a foundation for increased use of integrated pest management (IPM) for reducing economic, health, and environmental risks and hazards posed by current fall armyworm (FAW) management practices by maize smallholders in Malawi. The plan outlines other major maize pests in addition to FAW, current management strategies, and critical pest management needs, as informed by farmer and extension worker focus groups. This plan is based on the IPM Strategic Planning consultation method used in the Western US (Murray and Jepson, 2019). This plan serves a number of important functions. It can be used to enhance understanding of current practices with respect to pest management in maize-based cropping systems in Malawi, including the current use of pesticides, cultural practices, and biological control. The plan also includes comprehensive and detailed lists of stakeholder-derived critical needs across multiple sectors, which can be consulted and acted upon as a part of the FAW response in Malawi. The document begins with an overview of maize production in Malawi, including background on the invasion of FAW. The remainder of the document is an analysis of current management strategies as reported by the focus group participants. Current management is presented by crop growth stage in an effort to assist the reader in understanding whole-season management practices. The critical pest management needs are presented by crop stage and within thematic groups covering pesticide risk management, research, extension education, and regulatory issues.
Format: PDF
Language: English
Publisher: CIMMYT
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Type: Report
Place of Publication: Mexico
Pages: 23 pages
Country of Focus: MALAWI
Agrovoc: SPODOPTERA FRUGIPERDA
Agrovoc: INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
Agrovoc: MAIZE
Agrovoc: SMALLHOLDERS


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    Maize breeding, phytopathology, entomology, physiology, quality, and biotech

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