Apr. 25, 2019
A team from the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (EMBRAPA, in its Portuguese acronym), visited the city of Praia, Cabo Verde, from 1 to 6 April 2019, in the framework of a South-South Cooperation (SSC) activity. The initiative aimed at sharing knowledge and information with experts from Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique on the sustainable control and integrated management of the Fall Armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda.
The participants learned about the Brazilian experience in biological control technologies, and then drafted a work plan for the local production of this pest’s natural enemies (Trichogrammawasps and bio-insecticides based on Bacillus thuringiensis) in the three Portuguese-speaking countries.
The FAW is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas and has been detected in Africa and Asia. FAO is actively promoting SSC to bring this experience and knowledge to Africa, and this mission allowed a first-hand exchange of knowledge from a country that was previously affected and that has developed knowledge and best practices in the sustainable control of the FAW.
The mission also allowed for a joint discussion on the work plans and perspectives for innovation in the biological control of the FAW. This particular issue is a global concern due to direct threats to food security and nutrition, as well as to the livelihoods of the farming communities. In this context, FAO has been actively working to help to combat this threat, aiming to build sustainable and resilient food production systems.
The mission was undertaken under the framework of FAO’s Global Programme for technical assistance to the countries affected by the FAW. This particular mission to Cabo Verde took place in the context of a project financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB).
This activity is also an example of the potentialities of SSC among member States of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP in its Portuguese acronym), which covers several regions of the world: Latin America (Brazil), Africa (Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinee Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe), Asia (Timor-Leste) and Europe (Portugal). The advantage of sharing the same language is an engine that facilitates the technical exchanges among these countries.