Fall Armyworm: A new collaboration to disseminate best management practices to farmers

From the 13th to the 15th of November 2017, USAID and CIMMYT held a Regional Training and Awareness Generation Workshop on Fall Armyworm Pest Management for Eastern Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Participants from 11 countries attended the workshop to discuss short, medium and long term strategies to control Fall Armyworm in Africa. Following its accidental introduction into West Africa, the pest has spread quickly to the whole continent. The current and predicted yield loss to maize from FAW over the 2017-2018 season in Sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to reach US$ 3 billion.

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Fall armyworm caterpillar from ICIPE rearing facilities (Photo credit: Thomas Wallace, Africa Lead)

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‘Plant doctors’ to help Myanmar farmers reduce crop losses

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The practical plant doctor training sessions took place in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar (Photo: East-West Seed)

A new program in Myanmar has just produced its first group of ‘plant doctors’ – experts who can help farmers reduce their losses by diagnosing problems with their crops.

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E-plant clinics launched in Mozambique

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E-plant clinic in Inhambane Province, Mozambique (© CABI)

E-plant clinics have been successfully launched in Mozambique this November, following two trainings and official launches. The trainings took place in a village called Tenga, Moamba near the capital city of Maputo (around 80 km), and in Morrumbene District near the city of Inhambane.

Training was delivered in partnership with the National Directorate of Agricultural Extension (DNEA), an institution of the Ministry of Agriculture in Mozambique.

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UFSCar Participa dos Modulos de treinamento de Plantwise

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Participantes do treinamento sobre funcionamento das clínicas de plantas com enfoque na recomendação técnica em fitossanidade, além de metodologías de comunicação e extensão rural.

O novo campus da Universidade Federal de São Carlos, localizado no sudoeste paulista, estabeleceu desde 2016 uma parceria com CABI Plantwise para integrar a rede nacional de entidades executoras das clínicas de plantas no Brasil. As clínicas de plantas são uma metodologia para oferecer serviços de diagnóstico e recomendação de problemas fitossanitários com enfoque no manejo integrado de pragas e direcionado a agricultura familiar.

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Una clínica agropecuaria para lograr ‘el oro en la vida’

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La clínica de plantas del pueblo Chamis del departamento de Cajamarca representa algo raro en Perú: un servicio de asesoría para agricultores con presencia permanente en el pueblo. Según el censo agropecuario del 2012, sólo un 7.3% de los agricultores del país reciben asistencia técnica y en Cajamarca es menos todavía, con un 4.6%.

Frente a esta escasez alarmante de servicios para los pequeños productores de Perú, la introducción de clínicas de plantas cayó como anillo al dedo. Las clínicas, un nuevo tipo de servicio rural, fueron establecidas en varias regiones del Perú en el 2013 a través de un convenio entre Instituto Nacional de Innovación agraria (INIA) y el programa Plantwise de CABI.

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A plant and livestock clinic to win the ‘gold medal of life’

1The plant clinic in town of Chamis in the department of Cajamarca represents something unusual in Peru: a farmer advisory service with a permanent presence. According to the agricultural and livestock census of 2012, only 7.3% of the country’s farmers receive technical assistance and in Cajamarca it is even less, just 4.6%.

Faced with this alarming scarcity of services for smallholders in Peru, the introduction of the plant clinics fit like a hand in the glove. The clinics, a new type of rural service, were established in several regions of Peru in 2013 as part of an agreement between the National Institute of Agricultural Innovation (INIA) and CABI’s Plantwise programme.

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Sembrando las semillas de la sostenibilidad en Achuapa, Nicaragua

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Jose Perez, Israel Cerros, Brígido Sosa, and Eddar Castillo en el puesto para plantas JFPS (de izquierda a derecha)

La Cooperativa Juan Francisco Paz Silva (JFPS), fundada en 1990, comenzó la operación de un puesto para plantas en 2009. La cooperativa estaba buscando una manera de ofrecer asistencia técnica a sus productores asociados y los puestos de plantas proporcionan una manera para hacerlo. Inicialmente, dos técnicos, Oscar Calderón y Harold Espinoza, fueron capacitados como doctores de plantas para suministrar asistencia técnica a los productores, ellos a su vez entrenaron a otros técnicos en la cooperativa, incluido el doctor de plantas Israel Cerros. El puesto para plantas, jornadas de salud y los servicios de radio se proporcionan de forma gratuita cerca más de 500 productores de las comunidades cercanas, de los cuales 280 son productores asociados directos a la cooperativa.

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