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.
This Integrated Global Breeding and Genomics Approach to Intensifying Peanut Production and Quality Project activities include: 1) Development of aflatoxin tolerant varieties (Breeding, screening). 2)Training/ awareness creation about the hazards of aflatoxin in food, feed and commerce. 3) Development of dissemination materials
Monitoring to assess status of mycotoxins contamination in maize and groundnuts and to develop effective strategies for minimizing exposure to mycotoxins in maize based complementary foods. Goals are to: regulate safety of food with consideration to aflatoxins (among other contaminants), conduct research to assess status of aflatoxin contamination in susceptible foods, assess status of dietary exposure of human to aflatoxins, perform laboratory analysis of aflatoxins in food products, create public awareness on measures to mitigate aflatoxins contamination, serve as secretariat of the national steering committee on mycotoxins control and support the committee meetings
Sokoine University of Agriculture, Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, University of Leeds, Ghent University
Production to Consumption Technologies to Improve Peanut Production, Processing and Utilization in Tanzania. Post-harvest methods to manage aflatoxin include proper maturity determination, threshing and drying to proper moisture, • Design material to educate AWE Staffs in sorting and (GMP) Good Manufacture Practices technical proven products and sell them in local market for profit,• Distribute selected seeds varieties Exposure to new technique and technologies, limited to access to improved peanut varieties and aflatoxin training and awareness and approved technologies such as mechanical inputs to reduce labour or increase yield and quality. Continue work on aflatoxin training testing, and utilization of high level aflatoxin peanuts
Arusha Women Entrepreneur (Leading Agency), Freelance Researchers TWENDE, World Vision – ADP Simbo Nzega Cluster
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
Developing post-harvest strategies for minimizing exposure to mycotoxins in maize based complementary foods in Tanzania. Research conducted in Tanzania showed that dietary exposure to mycotoxins in general and fumonisins and aflatoxins in particular to infants via maize based complementary foods was proven to be too high and could be linked with impaired child growth. Therefore, this project intends to develop and evaluate strategies to lower mycotoxin intake by combining appropriate preharvest measures, better application of postharvest actions and by a partial replacement of maize in the complementary food by other cereals or legumes, known to be less prone to mould infestation and mycotoxin contamination.
The aflatoxin challenge can be addressed effectively and in a more sustainable and comprehensive fashion if it is mainstreamed in existing frameworks and structures, such as the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs). Other frameworks that can be used for mainstreaming aflatoxin issues include, inter alia, the African Health Strategy, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), national food safety laws and regulations, and local agricultural extension and community health programs. In 2014 and 2015, PACA will support its pilot countries’ efforts to mainstream aflatoxins and other food safety challenges into their CAADP NAFSIPs and relevant health and nutrition frameworks.
PACA is supporting pilot countries, including Tanzania, in the refinement of a country-led food safety system and aflatoxin situation analysis and action planning. PACA will work with the country focal point to identify what is needed next and develop a customized Term of References (TOR) to build on existing data and reports. Tanzania has been creating an empirical evidence base on existing aflatoxin prevalence, legislation, policy and regultaions, management practices and other existing control mechanisms that can effectively inform interventions.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org