During the second harvest in 2016, farmer Fred Kisubi lost everything. His region, Jinja District, Uganda, was devastated by fall armyworm. The unforgiving pest decimated approximately 95% of his maize crop within days, an estimated 18 million Ugandan Shillings (US $4,860) loss. Unfortunately, Fred Kisubi’s losses are not unique.
A digital revolution in agriculture is transforming the way in which farmers and other agricultural stakeholders operate, and could reshape the way farmers address emerging pests. At present, in sub-Saharan Africa, the fall armyworm pest has and continues to damage farmers’ livelihoods and crops across the region.