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Aflasafe Biological Control Program in The Gambia

2014-Ongoing

Conduct efficacy field trials of Aflasafe SN01 (biological control product comprised from indigenous atoxigenic aflasafe strains), to improve the quality and market access of maize and groundnut, and to minimize health and trade risks associated with aflatoxin contamination. Activities include: Nationwide sample collection, data analysis, on-farm and market afaltoxin situation analysis, aflatoxin awareness creation. 

Plant Protection Services (PPS) of the Department of Agriculture (DOA), Gambia Groundnut Cooperation (GGC), National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI), IITA, Food Safety and Quality Authority, Ministries of Health and Trade, Protection Department of Senegal, Farmers.

USAID, IITA, PACA

Aflasafe Biological Control Program

2009-ongoing

The Aflasafe Biological Control Program is testing efficacy of Aflasafe strains in Senegal and the Gambia. They achieved registration in the CILSS Community in 2016. They are working with farmers for sensitization and training on Aflasafe application and good agricultural practices, and market linkage with exporters.   

USDA/ARS-IITA

USDA through IITA

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

2014-2018

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

"Good Market” Media Campaign

December 2015

"Good Market” Media Campaign conducts advocacy and awareness creation for pesticide and aflatoxin safe foods:  Linking consumers with farmers and vendors of safer food products derived from socially-responsible farming systems. Over 50 radio spots were broadcast from West Coast Radio and Taranga FM; hundreds of flyers distributed; press releases on newspapers done and 4 banners done with messages on the project.

Consumer International, Swedish Society for Nature and Conservation  and Association of Small Scales Enterprises in Tourism (ASSET)      

 Swedish Society Conservation (SSNC)

General Procurement Notice-Enhancing Value Addition in the Gambia Groundnut Sector

2013-2016


The Government of The Gambia has secured US$28.00 million from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in the form of loan and Istisna’a financing to finance the Enhancing Value Addition in the Groundnut Sector Project. The specific objective of the Project is to modernize, expand and improve the efficiency of the Gambia Groundnut Corporation (GGC) operations, so it is able to (a) maintain its market share, (b) position itself in the high end of the groundnut value-chain to enhance its profitability, and (c) preserve and increase the income of 70% of the rural population engaged in groundnut production.

Islamic Development Bank, Government of The Gambia

Mainstreaming aflatoxins in National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans

2014-Ongoing

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.
 

Country-Led Food Safety System and Aflatoxin Situation Analysis and Action Planning

2014-Ongoing

PACA is supporting pilot countries, including The Gambia, in conducting a country-led food safety system and aflatoxin situation analysis and action planning. The Gambia will be 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.
 

AfricaAIMS The Gambia

2014-Ongoing

The African Union Commission will establish an Africa Aflatoxin Information Management System (AfricaAIMS) that will serve as a “one stop shop” information harbor for aflatoxin information in the health, trade and agriculture sectors. Data on the AfricaAIMS will be “home-grown” owned by AU Member States and respective Regional Economic Communities (RECs). The information on the AfricaAIMS will serve policy makers, regulatory bodies, potential investors, technical agencies (health, trade and agriculture), researchers, farmers, civil society organizations (CSOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector partners along the value chain and other interested parties.
 

Aflatoxin Health Risk Assessment

2008-2013

In Gambia, we are investigating the effect of in utero exposure to aflatoxin on child growth, understanding the impact of  such exposure on alteration of gene expression and DNA methylation which may relevant to growth retardation and cancer predisposition In Tanzania teamed with TFDA we have successfully completed a follow-up study to understand aflatoxin exposure patterns and seasonality in different regions in Tanzania. In Senegal  teamed with IITA, we surveyed around 100 farmers in  groundnut production regions by seaon and mapped the aflatoxin exposure pattern in this population.

Queen's University Belfast (formerly University of Leeds)
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
International Agency for Research on Cancer
Tanzania Food and Drug Authority
IITA

 

Bill Gates Foundation
The Royal Society
National Institute of Environment Health Sciences
Agriculture Health Research Platform

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