Pests, disease seen hitting southern African food output

Pests, disease seen hitting southern African food output

Pests, disease seen hitting southern African food outputCrop pests and diseases sweeping through southern Africa pose a threat to food security in a region where production has yet to recover from drought, a senior U.N. food agency official said on Tuesday, calling for a swift and coordinated response. At the start of an emergency conference called by the Food and Agriculture Organization to map out regional action, FAO southern Africa coordinator David Phiri said an outbreak of the fall armyworm, devouring maize crops in some key producer countries, had blighted the season's prospects. "This could contribute to reductions in maize production among the most severely affected farming households and thereby presents a huge threat to food security," he said.


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