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Food Trade Programme & Rice sub sector Development


Food Trade Programme & Rice sub sector Development: Aggregation of smallholder farmers Surplus in maize, rice, pulses for local and regional market. Development of quality management systems to support farmers and traders in attaining the East Africa grain standards including controlling aflatoxins, post harvest training on grains and pulses, supporting the capacity of village level aggregation centres to bulk grains and store as per the EAGC standards.

EAGC, Farmer organizations, KATRIN, Buyers, Farmer Organizations


Aflatoxin Proficiency Testing and Control in Eastern and Central Africa (APTECA)


The Aflatoxin Proficiency Testing and Control in for Eastern and Central Africa (APTECA) program performs 3rd party verification activities to provide interested parties (i.e. millers, other industry, government agencies) with objective evidence of a laboratory’s capability to produce data that is both accurate and repeatable.  The program also provides biannual global Proficiency Testing, working controls samples of known aflatoxin concentration for internal quality control, and the APTECA seal (Aflatoxin tested Process verified by APTECA), which can be used to demonstrate a laboratory’s competence to clients, potential customers, accreditation bodies and other external entities. 

Cereal Millers Association in Kenya, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, Kenya Bureau of Standards(KEBS), Cereal Growers Association, COMESA, Texas A&M AgriLife Research at the BecA ILRI Hub, Office of the Texas State Chemist, International Food Policy Research Institute

Texas A&M Agrilife Research, Office of the Texas State Chemist

Establishing regional standards for human and animal consumption.


Establishing regional standards for human and animal consumption.

Collaborating with IITA on developing aflasafe ecozones for East Africa. Developing regional policies for cross-sector aflatoxin management, training key regional players, and convening technical expert groups on Hepatitis A and B vaccines.

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