Why should fundamental research be supported to help scale out aflasafe?
It is a good thing for development partners to help in out scaling technologies. But it is also extremely important to invest in trying to develop, asking or getting answers to basic research questions. When you have full proof or sufficient information on basic questions it is very easy to convince various stakeholders about the success of the various technologies that we are trying to launch.
So that aspect of the research has not been given the attention it deserves and it is high time that in addition to supporting out scaling technologies, that our development partners think through seriously in supporting aflasafe basic research questions.
What would be the basic fundamental research questions to be prioritized?
So for example for aflasafe, I would consider looking for alternative carrying material for example: this is a fundamental question. I would also consider establishing a baseline or basic data that is home grown data to convince the general public for example on issues related to the increase if the population of aspergilus flavus which has been raised as a concern. Based on possibilities we do have more efficacious strains which are available out there to already what we have and that can also be considered. So there are many things that can be considered for research, not only on aflasafe but also on other technologies that have been advanced.