This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Principally based on Projects R8408, R7954 and R6746. Poor farmers now
have a new, low-cost spray to control African armyworm. This devastating
pest migrates from Tanzania and Kenya to eastern and southern Africa.
Farmers can lose between a quarter to nearly three-quarters of their
crops and pastures in armyworm outbreaks. As well as being
environmentally friendly, the new spray replaces expensive chemical
insecticides. It's made from armyworms that die when they feed on
low-grade pastures sprayed with a virus. Because the dead armyworms are
full of the virus, they can then be used to make more spray to kill more
armyworms. This can be done locally rather than in far-off factories.
Proven in Tanzania, the spray kills armyworm just as effectively as
conventional insecticides and is already used in the armyworm control
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (9
pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP43, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 49.