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• Fall armyworm has invaded Africa, causing substantial damage to maize and other crops.

• There is no control method for this pest in Africa, and pesticides are only minimally used in the continent.
• Climate-adapted push-pull technology overcomes stemborers, some of which belong to the same family as the fall armyworm.
• On-farm data confirm effectiveness of the technology in control of fall armyworm in East Africa.
• This provides the first report of an effective management approach for the pest in the region and beyond.