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:
Tackling aflatoxin, the killer poison in Africa’s food12 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 maize28 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.
Un produit biologique "Aflasafe" réduit l’aflatoxine sur l’arachide et le maïs22 Mars 2017
Les effets des aflatoxines sur la santé, l’agriculture et le commerce en Afrique sont considérables. L’aflatoxine est parmi les vecteurs du cancer du foie qui fait chaque année des milliers de victimes dans le monde, mais c’est l’Afrique qui paye le plus lourd tribut avec un taux de 30%, particulièrement dans les pays producteurs de l’arachide, du maïs, du riz entre autres.