Aflatoxin is an important constraint to improving the health and well-being of African people. Rural poor in Africa are chronically exposed to unsafe levels of aflatoxins. Food consumed is usually produced, stored, prepared and marketed by farm families without much awareness of the risks of aflatoxin. Because of the serious food safety risks, human exposure to aflatoxins is limited by regulations that prohibit the use of crops containing excess quantities of aflatoxins for foods and feeds in the developed world. However, regulations are not usually effectively enforced in Africa.

Agricultural development is now once again a global priority in light of high food prices and population growth. Local procurement and robust market access efforts are being scaled up in sub-Saharan Africa. However, food quality and safety issues resulting from aflatoxin contamination has presented a significant obstacle to programs designed to improve nutrition and agricultural production while linking small farmers to markets.

To link small farmers to markets, and to improve food production and quality, it’s clear that unless aflatoxin levels in crops and livestock are effectively managed, agricultural development efforts to achieve greater food security and improve health will be undermined, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where contamination is widespread and often acute. Reduction in aflatoxin content in crops can improve access to markets thus enhancing income and reduce human exposure to the natural poison thus improving health.

Our approaches in various donor-supported aflatoxin Research-for-Development projects have the following elements:

Objective
How?
With whom?
Focus
Minimize aflatoxin contamination to improve food quality, human health, income and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa
By developing, testing and deploying aflatoxin management practices on the foundation of a good knowledge base on key biological, environmental, institutional and policy drivers that influence contamination.
All relevant public and private sector actors in the crop value chain and with the health sector. Plus key partners across disciplines in National Agriculture Research Systems, private sector, NGOs, policy makers and Advanced Research Institutes around the world.
Protect smallholder farmers and others vulnerable to health and income loss from aflatoxin.

Updates

Successfully combatting aflatoxin in Kenyas food with Aflasafe on a large scale

Successfully combatting aflatoxin in Kenya’s food with Aflasafe on a large scale

14 June 2017

In 2015, Kenya’s National Irrigation Board purchased Aflasafe to help deal with aflatoxin contamination in maize. What were the results of this NIB purchase then, and today two years on?

Tackling aflatoxin, the killer poison in Africas food

Tackling aflatoxin, the killer poison in Africa’s food

12 April 2017

Aflatoxin in food was among the prominent issues discussed at the recent First All-Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 28th to 31st March 2017.

Aflasafe SN01 launched in The Gambia to combat aflatoxin in groundnuts and maize

Aflasafe SN01 launched in The Gambia to combat aflatoxin in groundnuts and maize

28 March 2017

AflasafeSN01 was launched in Banjul, The Gambia, to combat aflatoxin in groundnuts and maize. Aflasafe is an all-natural biocontrol product, developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in collaboration with national and international partners.

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