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Technologies for Managing Fall Armyworm and Lessons from Brazil

Event Date: 
Aug 22, 2018
9:00 am to 10:00 am EDT
Online Event
USAID Bureau for Food Security


Fall Armyworm is here to stay. So, what can be done to address this threat to food security and farmer incomes?

A key to effective management of FAW is farmer access to the full range of technologies used to control the pest. This webinar will walk through innovative tools available in Africa and how policies and the enabling environment play a critical role in allowing these tools to flow to farmers.

This webinar will highlight Brazil’s success in addressing the Fall Armyworm (FAW) and facilitating agriculture transformation via changes to the legal/regulatory environment as well as research investments to unlock agriculture technology and private sector investment. Building on the Brazil experience, USAID will discuss the range of technologies available to combat FAW in the African context.

Webinar participants will have time to ask questions and engage directly with two of the leading experts in FAW, including Dr. Joe Huesing, USAID’s FAW Lead Scientist, who will discuss the importance of an integrated pest management (IPM) approach and a range of technologies available to reduce loss from FAW. Participants will also hear from Dr. Antonio Álvaro Corsetti Purcino of Embrapa, Brazil’s leading agricultural research institution, on the important role policy played in Brazil's management of FAW and ultimate ag transformation,

Join Agrilinks for the first in a three-part webinar series on tools, technologies and techniques for managing Fall Armyworm developed in conjunction with the USAID Bureau for Food Security. Click on the additional links below to sign up for other webinars in the series!


Álvaro Corsetti Purcino
General Director
Embrapa Maize and Sorghum

Dr. Antônio Álvaro Corsetti Purcino is the General Director of Embrapa Maize and Sorghum. Embrapa is Brazil’s premiere research organization.

He received his PhD from Oklahoma University, completed postdoctoral research in Japan and in the US and has published more than 40 research papers in scientific journals.

Senior Biotechnology Advisor
USAID Bureau for Food Security

DR. Joseph Huesing is Senior Biotechnology Advisor, USAID Bureau for Food Security.

He has spent much of his career in the biotechnology industry where he held positions in Gene Discovery, Intellectual Property and Regulatory Affairs. He was also Director of the Science Project Management and Leadership Masters Degree Program at Webster University where he educated scientists in the art of Project Management. A former Adjunct Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University he supported biotechnology efforts in the developing world. With a background in Integrated Pest Management, he won the prestigious Entomological Society of America Team IPM award in 2013.


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