A special issue of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Development (AFJAND) focused entirely on addressing the growing aflatoxin problem in eastern Africa. The special issue, Aflatoxins in East Africa: The importance of getting the full picture (Volume 16 No.3), was compiled by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and contains 12 peer-reviewed articles on a range of topics related to understanding and addressing aflatoxin contamination in countries throughout eastern Africa.The 12 articles provide an important examination of the status of various efforts at assessment and understanding of exposure to aflatoxins as well as mitigation approaches in a number of locations in East Africa. The articles highlight critical aspects of knowledge and information for the management of aflatoxins in key value chains: maize, sorghum, millet, and dairy. Addressing exposure in children and the gender perspective contribute to improving health and nutrition, especially in areas and population groups most negatively impacted by the presence of aflatoxins and other mycotoxins.
All articles within the new special issue on aflatoxins are freely available for download via open access. They may be found on the AJFAND website.
Tanzania Supplemental Aflatoxin Situational Analysis 2016
This 2016 report supplements the report released by the Abt Associates in 2013 on the Country and Economic Assessment for Aflatoxins in Tanzania. The supplemental report, provides extensive information on knowledge and awareness of aflatoxins among Tanzanians as well as information on aflatoxin contamination for maize, groundnuts, and rice. The report includes a review of existing food safety policies and those being developed, to identify gaps that could be addressed to strengthen the food safety system of Tanzania. In addition, a health and economic impact analysis for aflatoxins, based on aflatoxin biomarker data was done. The Tanzania Food Security Investment Plan (TAFSIP) document was reviewed to identify areas into which aflatoxin measures could be mainstreamed. The situation analysis and action planning was conducted in consultation with several key stakeholders including the government line ministries, regional economic communities (RECs), donors and the private sector.
AgriLinks Resources on Aflatoxin Impacts and Control
AgriLinks, USAID's knowledge sharing portal on agriculture and development, has been developing an impressive library of resources on aflatoxin's impacts and aflatoxin control solutions, including the following:
GN Workshop - Presentation on policies for aflatoxin control
1-2 September 2015 Groundnut Workshop, Session 6.2: Input presentation on Policy frameworks and regulations for aflatoxin control in West Africa (gaps and opportunities for action); by Kerstin Hell, Independent Expert
GN Workshop - Presentation on technologies and solutions for aflatoxin control
1-2 September 2015 Groundnut Workshop, Session 6.1: Input presentation on Technology and best practice solutions for scaling (gaps and opportunities for action); by Ranajit Bandyopadhyay, IITA, Samuel Njoroge, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Peter Cotty, US Department of Agriculture.
The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (REA), P.O. Box 3243, Roosevelt Street, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. T: 0115517700 | F: 0115182872 | E:email@example.com