Bruce Shepherd in his crop© Karen Edwards
The fall armyworm, less commonly known as Spodoptera frugiperda, was first detected on the African continent in Nigeria last January. One year on and it has made the 3,700-mile journey to us in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is not known exactly how this pest arrived in Africa, but it is suspected it was inadvertently introduced via ship or aeroplane from the Americas. While its point of entry is unknown, its devastation to crops in western Africa was very quickly observed. […]