U.S. and Brazil support Africa in combating fall armyworm

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The U.S. Government, in partnership with the Government of Brazil and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), will host 10 African countries in Brazil from March 26-29 to hear about experiences in the Americas with controlling FAW.  FAW, a crop pest native to the Americas, arrived in Africa in 2016 and is already causing crop losses that threaten food security and livelihoods in more than 36 African countries.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Food Security Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Sean Jones will lead a group of agriculture experts, including representatives from the Department of Agriculture and the Department of State, to accompany the African delegation as part of the technical exchange on Fall Armyworm (FAW).  The participants will learn about technical best practices and policy frameworks for enabling safe and appropriate use of effective technologies and sustainable approaches for FAW management.

Press professionals interested in participating in the press conference should send an accreditation request to credenciamento@itamaraty.gov.br.  Press professionals who hold either permanent credentials issued by Brazil’s Presidency or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are exempted from this procedure. Please present the permanent credentials on the day of the event.

For further information on this Media Note, please contact the U.S. Embassy Press Office in Brasília at BrasiliaEMBEUA@state.gov or on (+55 61) 3312 – 7367 / 7350 / 7364