Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who are these FAW Learning Modules for?

Seven FAW Learning Modules were created to train the Trainers of smallholder farmers who themselves encounter the Fall Armyworm (FAW) in their fields. The Learning Modules are designed to support Trainers, for example Agricultural Advisors or Extension Officers, by providing information about and explanations of key FAW mitigation principles. These information tools are based on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches that smallholder farmers can follow to mitigate FAW.

Must these FAW Learning Modules be used in a specific order?

No, you do not need to use them in order. You can change the order, use them in the same order or use a single Module (as a standalone). Trainers are encouraged to selectively pick Modules that are most suitable or necessary for their particular audience and training setting.

Can I tailor the Modules?

Each Learning Module provides some materials in formats that can be tailored. For example, there are PowerPoint presentations that can be amended to suit the needs of the Trainer and their smallholder audience. These presentations are also provided in a “fixed format” (such as PDF) which can be viewed directly on the website or downloaded and used as is. In addition to the Recorded Presentations for Trainers, there are supplementary training materials, including additional presentations, handouts, articles, video animations and guidelines, which can be used to the Trainer’s liking.

Are there myths about FAW in Africa?

In some places,  there may be  “local myths” or beliefs about crop damage caused by FAW, for example that FAW damage is caused by a farmer’s neighbour, or that they have been “cursed” by an enemy or rival. It is important to know that FAW is still a new and invasive pest in African countries, and thus, not always fully understood. It is a pest that is native to the tropical regions of the western hemisphere. It was first found and correctly identified on the African continent in 2013 in São Tomé, and first reported in Africa in 2016, and spread rapidly throughout the continent in a very few years after.

How did FAW arrive in Africa?

No one knows for certain how it arrived on the African continent. The pest appeared suddenly in Africa in early 2016, when it was first officially reported in central and western Africa from where it spread very quickly.  The most likely way that this pest arrived in Africa was through trade and the transportation of goods.

What is the scientific foundation of the content in the Training Modules on FAW?

The content provided in the Training Modules are based on many published scientific papers, scientific experiments, field research efforts, and expert opinion. Click here for more information.