26/27 February 2019, Mahailuppallama, Sri Lanka - Farmers at work during a FAO team visit to Fall Army Worm (FAW) infested maize cultivation in the North Central province of Sri Lanka. The field visit conducted to the Field Crop Research Institute in Mahailuppallama, Anuradhapura district, North Central Province of Sri Lanka by Mr. Allan Hruska, the FAW Principal Technical Coordinator of the FAO Plant Production and Protection Division, Rome, and Dr. D.B.T Wijeratne, Assistant FAO Representative (Programme) in Sri Lanka, consisted in analysing FAW in maize cultivation, monitoring mechanisms implemented by the relevant agriculture authorities, discussing with farmers/agriculture officials and analyzing fields that have been prepared for the upcoming cultivation season. The visit included the launch of the FAMEWS mobile app, designed to expand with the evolving needs of farmers, analysts and decision-makers. Future updates will focus on making the app more useful and educational for farmers, communities and agriculture extension agents. Nuru (the artificial intelligence app that helps farmers recognise FAW), an advisory system and maps of nearby FAW infestations will be included.