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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

Climatic Change and Impact on aspergillus and their afaltoxins poduced ecology


The study is on the effect of climatic changes and variations on the aspergillus ecology and aflatoxin production in commercial and subsistance farms. This will also help with the control in the Cereal production belt

University of Nairobi, Assiut University, Canfield University

National Research Foundation

Breeding of maize genotypes for resistance to aflatoxins and fumonisins in Eastern and Southern Africa


The purpose of this project is to identify publically available maize inbred lines in South Africa and Kenya that can be introduced into plant breeding programmes for resistance breeding to AER and FER and their associated mycotoxins. To achieve this, maize inbred lines have been screened for resistance to AER and FER, and their associated mycotoxins, over multiple locations in both Kenya and South Africa. Kenyan material with resistance to AER will have been screened for resistance to FER in South Africa, and South African material with resistance to FER have been screened for resistance to AER in Kenya. Resistant material has been identified and crossed with maize inbred lines adapted to South African and Kenyan conditions and tested for resistance to AER, FER, aflatoxins and fumonisins. Finally, quantitative trait loci will be identified for AER and FER resistance that could in future be used for marker assistant selection by maize breeding programmes. 

University of Nairobi, Stellenbosch University, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation, Agricultural Research Council of South Africa

CIMMYT Maize Project

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