Africa has been battling the invasive fall armyworm moth for 2 years. It's laid waste to huge swathes of the continent's corn crops, affecting 44 of Africa's 55 countries. And corn is Africa's staple food.
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.
The British Forestry Commission has warned Londoners of an infestation of caterpillars that produce various toxic effects in humans. The hairy creature is already well established in Germany.
Southern Africa is facing a plague of pests which is threatening crop harvests and food supplies for millions of people. Zimbabwe hosts an emergency FAO meeting next week to shape a coordinated regional response.
The United Nations is holding emergency talks in Harare to address the crop-eating "armyworm" caterpillars currently devastating farmland across several African countries.
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