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Monitoring of aflatoxins levels in Maize in Zimbabwe


Determination and monitoring of the prevalence levels of aflatoxins in Maize in Zimbabwe


EU and FAO

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

Training on farming as a business

You Count is an organization working on development of communities through youth engagement in agriculture, policy formulation and implementation. We work on four pillars, capacity building , market access, advocacy and lobbying as well as introduction of IC in agriculture. We are working on disseminating information to the young farmers on aflatoxins and what they can do to reduce on post harvest loses. http://youcountint.blogspot.com  


Reducing maize-based aflatoxin contamination and exposure in Zimbabwe


The project is investigating the efficacy of two storage technologies in reducing maize grain contamination. Working in the Makoni and Shamva districts of Zimbabwe, selected households will test air-tight metal storage silos or thick plastic ‘super bags’ in which to store their grain. Researchers will assess the extent of aflatoxin contamination in grain stored by both groups and levels of exposure in mothers and children. Once trained, male and female artisans will make metal silos and other private sector partners will increase the availability of improved grain storage containers. Currently there are no stringent monitoring programs or regulations governing the presence of aflatoxins in food products in Zimbabwe: the research will inform the development of such procedures and regulations as a matter of priority.

Intrantional Development Research Centre (IDRC), University of Zimbabwe, Action Contre la Faim, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Zimbabwe Ministry of Agricutlure, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care

Prevalence of aflatoxin contamination in ground nuts harvested in Zimbabwe 2014.


This is a study on the prevalence of aflatoxin contamination in groundnuts harvested in Zimbabwe in 2014.  

Chemistry and Soil Research Institute; Plant Protection Research Institute

Government of Zimbabwe

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


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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