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The ASEAN FAW Action Plan

A Regional Approach to FAW Control and IPM

On 21 October 2020, ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry agreed to a comprehensive regional Action Plan on Fall Armyworm (FAW). This destructive pest, which arrived in 2018 is now established across Southeast Asia. The Action Plan sets out the goals, objectives, and work programmes to support countries to respond to, monitor and manage FAW across Southeast Asia.  

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Work Programmes of the ASEAN FAW Action Plan

Six work programmes bring a comprehensive approach to monitoring and management of FAW across Southeast Asia

Coordination, Communications & Management

Work Programme 01
  • Project management and reporting, including Secretariat services

  • Establish multi-stakeholder communication and coordination strategy and networks

  • Conduct project monitoring, review and reporting

  • Implement and manage funding platform

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& Policy

Work Programme 02
  • Employ existing knowledge to pre-define IPM-compatible products and emerging ‘Good Practices’

  • Define priority needs for local registration / implementation

  • Provide tailored policy support to national governments

  • Build capability within the ASEAN research and policy community

  • Facilitate communication to address Covid-19 disruption in seed/pesticide supply chains

  • Map ‘critical gaps’ and capacity needs

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Farmer Learning & Support

Work Programme 03
  • Integrate crowd-sourcing, FtF knowledge exchange and advisory tools

  • Establish ToTs, digital FFS and farmer innovation hubs

  • Develop efficient, simple-to-use, and targeted communications resources for farmers and extension service providers

  • Promote multi-stakeholder learning alliances

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Pest-Crop-Livelihood Baseline

Work Programme 04
  • Generate basic insights into FAW biology, migration dynamics and in-field ecology

  • Estimate FAW impact on maize agroecosystems

  • Quantify economic thresholds for maize and 1-2 crops with significant losses due to FAW 

  • Assess constraints to farmer behaviour change and IPM technology diffusion

  • Define FAW population dynamics and natural enemies across geographies/agro-ecological contexts


Surveillance & Impact

Work Programme 05
  • Establish a pest monitoring network

  • Understand and track pesticide resistance and ‘host strain’ profiles

  • Geographic referencing of pest pressure and yield loss

  • Anticipate value chain/food system impacts

  • Generate FAW pest risk correlates and online ‘interactive’ map

  • Investigate the potential of sensing, AI and farm robotics




Work Programme 06
  • Validate of pheromone / kairomone-based trapping schemes and technologies

  • Assess efficacy & cost-effectiveness of new and existing IPM schemes

  • Characterize non-target impacts of current/future crop protection schemes

  • Explore the potential for ‘“agroecological approaches” measures

  • Validate and deploy CIMMYT-derived maize hybrids with native genetic resistance to FAW as a part of the IPM strategy in the ASEAN region.

  • Integrate host plant resistance (including non-GM or GM cultivars with FAW resistance) & other IPM components (e.g., biological control)

  • Define multi-functional benefits of best management practices in maize systems

  • Investigate and optimize biological control tactics

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ASEAN FAW Taskforce

The high-level governance group of the Action Plan.

Chaired by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam, the ASEAN FAW Taskforce is made up of Members of the ASEAN Expert Working Group on Phytosanitary Measures along with representatives from the private sector, farmers organisations and the research sector, along with Lead Partners of the Action Plan.


We acknowledge the support of the many organisations that work with the ASEAN FAW Action Plan to help improve IPM across Southeast Asia and control FAW.


Can you bring expertise to help improve IPM?

Are you interested in working together on joint projects to help control FAW?

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  • What is the Fall Armyworm?
    The Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) feeds on more than 350 plant species, and can cause major damage, particularly to maize crops. It was first reported in Southeast Asia in late 2018 in Thailand and Myanmar. It has since rapidly spread, and its presence is now confirmed across ASEAN countries. Research exploring the travel of FAW shows that this pest can travel some 2000km across the region with flying times of up to 32 hours. More information on the FAW can be found at
  • What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?
    The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations defines Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as the careful consideration of all available pest control techniques and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of pest populations and keep pesticides and other interventions to levels that are economically justified and reduce or minimize risks to human health and the environment. IPM emphasizes the growth of a healthy crop with the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems and encourages natural pest control mechanisms. IPM will often combine management approaches for greater effectiveness and draw, where appropriate, on a range of tools from the IPM toolbox such as biological, cultural, mechanical/physical and chemical management approaches.
  • How can I get involved in the ASEAN FAW Action Plan?
    Contact us at We welcome organisations and individuals who share an interest in managing the FAW in our region.
  • What is the difference between the FAO Global Action on FAW and the ASEAN FAW Action Plan?
    The ASEAN FAW Action Plan is an example of regional implementation of the FAO Global Action. The goal is to reinforce the work of both programmes by working together to provide the best outcomes to stakeholders across Southeast Asia. The ASEAN Action Plans’ experiences and learnings on-the-ground will also help inform and support the wider Asia-Pacific approach under the FAO Global Action. We also work closely with the regional FAO Asia-Pacific team to ensure a coordinated approach. The FAO Global Action can be found here:
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