19 May 2015. Video release of FANRPAN. Funded by the Platform for African-European Partnership in Agriculture and Rural Development (PAEPARD) through the competitive research fund. The project was launched in October 2014 and spans to December 2017.
The goal of this project is to reduce pre- and post-harvest losses by focusing on reducing Aflatoxin in the GnVC for improved food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers by addressing main constraining factors of technology dissemination and adoption, knowledge and information sharing, and policies.
Specific Project Objectives:
- To conduct research and identify, further validate and disseminate successful Aflatoxin contamination reduction practices and technologies adapted to specific socio-economic and socio-cultural contexts within the GnVC that is benefitting smallholder farmers in the focal countries.
- To reach scale and sustainability in the adoption of good Aflatoxin contamination reduction practices and technologies through innovative approaches in farmer-led Rural Advisory Services (RAS), capacity-building and effective knowledge management.
- To address policy constraints related to Aflatoxin contamination reduction issues through increased awareness of policy makers and through fostering of effective mechanisms for learning and sharing of experiences of Aflatoxin contamination reduction.
- National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM) – Country-Malawi
- Eastern Province Farmers’ Cooperatives (EPFC) Limited Country- Zambia
- Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)- Country-South Africa
- Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich Country- UK
- Department of Agricultural Research Services (DARS) – Country- Malawi
- Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI) – Country-Zambia
This policy brief has been specifically prepared to highlight the importance of aflatoxins on human health and trade in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It contextualizes, (i) the preharvest and post-harvest factors that influence the proliferation of molds and aflatoxin contamination in groundnuts in the SSA region, (ii) discusses feasible prevention and management strategies and (iii) presents recommendations .