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Aflatoxin Project in Zambia

2012-Ongoing

IITA is leading aflatoxin mitigation in Zambia using biological control and other management practices in the maize and groundnut value chain to improve public health, increase trade, augment smallholder income, and enhance food security. Activities include: research on aflatoxins and biocontrol technologies (Aflasafe) on maize, groundnuts; awareness raising and farmer education; and harmonization of aflatoxin levels for raw groundnuts and peanut butter by the Zambia Bureau of Standards.  

IITA, USDA-ARS, National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, and other national partners

IITA, USAID, GIZ, Africa Rising, and other partners

Reducing Mycotoxin Contamination of Maize, Groundnuts And Beans to Improve Food Safety And Enhance Health And Trade

2014-2017

Reducing Mycotoxin Contamination of Maize, Groundnuts And Beans to Improve Food Safety And Enhance Health And Trade. The goal of this project is to improve household food safety and security in order to enhance the well-being of the citizens of the region. This will be achieved through the development/adaptation of an integrated mycotoxin contamination reduction strategy feasible for an agrarian setting (Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia) with the aim of reducing dietary exposure for locals and produce safe products that are globally acceptable. 

Lilongwe University Agriculture and Natural Resources (Malawi), National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research(Zambia),

World Bank

Stemming Aflatoxin in pre- and post-harvest waste in the groundnut value chain (GnVC) in Malawi and Zambia

2014-2017

The Stemming Aflatoxin in pre- and post-harvest waste in the groundnut value chain (GnVC) in Malawi and Zambia project aims to reduce pre and post-harvest waste in the groundnut value chain and thereby increase food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers. The project intervenes at three levels: (1) Validation of promising  promising pre- and post-harvest practices and technologies through participative evaluation in selected rural households; (II) Documentation of  appropriate dissemination tools and methodologies are elaborated, and building farmer capacities and; (iii) Generating evidence for advocacy and policy dialogues at the local, national and regional levels with the aim of strengthening these aspects in policies and regulatory frameworks.The project will target smallholder and poor farm families with specific focus on women in Malawi and Zambia.

NASFAM, ZARI, University of Greenwich, EPFC

European Union

Stemming Aflatoxin pre- and post-harvest waste in the groundnut value chain (GnVC) in Malawi and Zambia to improve food and nutrition security in the smallholder farming families

2014-2017

The project aims to reduce pre and post-harvest waste in the groundnut value chain (GnVC) and thereby increase food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers in the focal countries by addressing main constraining factors of technology dissemination and adoption, knowledge and information sharing, and policies. Objectives are to conduct reserach on aflatoxin reduction practices and technologies to beneift smallholder farmers, reach scale and sustainabiltiy, and address policy constraints.

National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM), Eastern Province Farmers’ Cooperatives (EPFC) Limited, South Africa Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), Natural Resources Institute-University of Greenwich, Malawi Department of Agricultural Research Services (DARS), Zambia Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI)

PAEPARD

Southern Africa Peanut Value Chain Interventions

2013-2017

Interventions will be studied to address a wide range of production, post-harvest handling, and processing issues relative to peanutsthroughout the value chain and the cumulative effect of these efforts measured against traditional production and marketing practices. Through linkages with various partners, farmer education will be emphasized and extended linkages with various industries and marketing groups will help accelerate aflatoxin mitigation and market development.

North Carolina State University

Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Peanut Productivity and Mycotoxin Control (PMIL)
 

RNAi Silencing of Aflatoxin Synthesis

2013-2017

The overall goal of this project is to use RNA interference (RNAi) to reduce aflatoxin in peanut seeds. The research is divided in two parts, one is the study of genetic diversity of aflatoxigenic Aspergillus species funded by PMIL, and the other is the genetic transformation of peanut plants using RNA interference that is funded by NBCRI. 

USDA-ARS

Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Peanut Productivity and Mycotoxin Control (PMIL)

Peanut Varietal Development

2013-2017

The overall goal of this project is to use breeding and outreach to enhance the production, quality and marketability of peanut in PMIL target countries. The proposed research focuses on intensifying peanut production and enhancing quality by developing and improving high yielding varieties, including the release of new cultivars and the development of culturally preferred cultivars, through existing and established breeding programs.

Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Peanut Productivity and Mycotoxin Control, University of Georgia

USAID

Southern Africa Pre-harvest Value Chain Analysis

2014-2017

The overarching objective of this project is to generate and transfer economic knowledge needed to intensify groundnut production, and its subsequent use, so as to significantly increase productivity and farm profits, while reducing the risk of aflatoxin contamination in the harvested crop. The end goal is to boost productivity growth in groundnut farming systems as a way to increase food safety, food security, and farm income

Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Peanut Productivity and Mycotoxin Control, University of Connecticut

USAID

Mycotoxin Detection in Dried Blood

2013-2016

The goal of this project is to establish and validate methods for measuring major mycotoxin biomarkers, especially for aflatoxin-lysine adduct, in human dried blood spot samples for supporting urgent needs of nutritional and intervention studies conducted in Asia and Africa

Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Peanut Productivity and Mycotoxin Control, University of Georgia

USAID

Co-Regulation of Aflatoxin Risk in the Kenyan Commercial Milling Industry

2014

The co-regulation of aflatoxin in maize presents a possible regulatory strategy to improve food safety and provides a possible policy alternative to manage aflatoxin risk for African grain handlers, millers, and food safety authorities. The project will be conducted in three stages. First, sampling and testing best practices at commercial maize mills and grain handling establishments will be developed and implement; second, maize flour will be tested to support an IFPRI study assessing consumer demand for aflatoxin tested maize flour; third, the suitability of co-regulation as a means to reduce aflatoxin risk in maize products will be explored.

Texas A&M AgriLife Research at the BecA ILRI Hub, International Food Policy Research Institute  BecA ILRI Hub  Cereal Millers Association
 

Office of the Texas State Chemist - Texas A&M AgriLife Research

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