March 2017 is a momentous month for Aflasafe in Nigeria, with two key events lined up on 15th and 17th March:

  •  15th March 2017, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Lagos Investors Forum – roundtable consultation with key actors in agri-inputs and all along the maize and groundnut business on the best and most efficient way to produce and distribute Aflasafe to make it available and accessible to farmers across Nigeria. Venue: Ibis Hotel, Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos

Tentative programme

9:00–9:45:  Registration/Tea

9:45–10:00: Welcome/Agenda Setting

10:00–11:00: Dalberg Strategy Presentation

11:00–12.30: Group Discussion/ Feedback

12:30–1:00: Lunch

  • 17th March  2017, 9:30am to12:00 noon: joint signing of an MoU between IITA, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council and the National Groundnut Producers and Processors Association of Nigeria. These organisations will cooperate in implementing a new initiative – the Export Oriented Production Cluster (OPEC). OPEC aims to increase the productivity and quality of Nigeria’s groundnuts for export. Venue: IITA’s R4D Station, Kubwa Village, Abuja, near old water works.

More details in this press release

aflatoxin collage
Like books, do not judge your food by its cover. Which of these is aflatoxin-contaminated? The mouldy ones? The ‘clean’ ones? It could be either, or neither. Without a chemical test, it is impossible to tell. With aflatoxin, its stealth is its strength, which is what makes it so deadly. According to Barbara Stinson, Project Director at the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa, “The fuzzy, green fungus alone isn’t a dead giveaway that the toxin is present.” Similarly, the ‘clean’ look does not mean that the food is aflatoxin-free. Aflatoxin in food is measured parts per billion (ppb). The Nigeria and European Union safety level is 4 ppb, 10 in Kenya and 20 in Senegal and USA. Picture that in parts per billion! We cannot see, smell or taste aflatoxin even when its level is lethal.