Exploring the Scope of Cost-Effective Aflatoxin Risk Reduction Strategies in Maize and Groundnut Value Chains so as to Improve Market Access of the Poor in Africa

Published on 20 May 2010

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Start Date: 8 December 2008 | End Date: 30 September 2011

Overview

The aim of this project is to increase knowledge of available methods and technologies to reduce aflatoxin contamination, their effectiveness, costs, benefits, and to identify constraints to their adoption and appropriate incentives needed to ensure their use along the maize and groundnut value chains. 

The overall project objectives are as follows: (i) Mycotoxin severity evaluated at key points in the selected maize and groundnuts value chains in East and West Africa. (ii) Identify and adapt low cost mycotoxin control methods that can be scaled and commercialized by traders for reducing mycotoxin contamination along the food and feed chain; (iii) Evaluate the cost-effectiveness of these mycotoxin control methods for reducing risk at critical control points for different actors along the crop food value chain using a risk analysis framework; (iv) Overcome market, institutional and policy failures which inhibit adoption of cost-effective mycotoxin control methods; (v) Chain actor and consumer awareness of mycotoxin risks raised in maize and ground nut market chains in East and West Africa (vi) Promote the adoption of effective mycotoxin testing and control strategies. These objectives provide the foundation for meeting our vision of success by combining targeted applied research with pilot testing and participatory approaches to ensure that we can identify the critical control points along the whole feed/food value chain and that we understand what is needed to provide incentives to the actors along the value chain, including poor smallholders, to adopt effective control measures for reducing mycotoxins in maize and groundnuts.  

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