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icipe – 50 years of plant health research
The United Nations has designated 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH), as an opportunity to raise global awareness on how keeping plants healthy can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment and boost economic development.
Insect of the Month (October): Tsetse fly, Glossina morsitans
Tsetse flies occur only in Africa and are found in 38 countries where they transmit African trypanosomes, parasites that cause nagana in cattle and sleeping sickness in people. African animal trypanosomosis (nagana) costs the continent in excess of 10 billion USD annually in part because of its impact on loss of farming.
Insect of the Month (September): Cotesia icipe
Fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, invaded Africa from tropical and subtropical America only as recent as 2016, yet is now present in all countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where it incurs infestation levels of up to 100%, often resulting in total yield loss and devastating the livelihoods of many farmers.