A small insect known as the tomato leafminer has infested large swathes of the tomato crop in Nigeria. In some rural areas, the moth has already destroyed 80 percent of the crop. But Nigerian scientists have been able to track down the vermin.
Tomatoes are a staple food in Nigeria. From farmers in the northern states to traders across the country, many depend on the fruit for a living. But climate change and the tomato moth have hit the industry hard.
Two years ago, the voracious caterpillar emerged in southern Africa. Since then, it has spread to 38 countries on the continent. The World Food and Agricultural Organization is warning of imminent crop failures.
Burkina Faso is phasing out genetically modified cotton. It says it produces a poor quality crop which fetches low prices. This hasn't stop other African states from using genetic technology, or trying it out.
After a prolonged drought, incessant rains in most parts of Zimbabwe had raised hope that food shortages would be eased. But an outbreak of armyworms may be making the situation worse.
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