Fall Armyworm hits Africa

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A new pest is threatening food security in southern Africa.

The ‘fall armyworm’ is spreading quickly throughout the region, invading key food crops like potatoes and maize. Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa are among the countries that are hit.

But it’s not a worm, despite its name. It’s actually a hungry caterpillar that is eating and destroying crops.

It’s a big problem for farmers because it is eating maize and other crops, which people depend on for food.

What’s making it worse, is that it is a new pest, so farmers and the government don’t know how to get rid of it.

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