Interview with Erastus Kangethe (Univ. Nairobi). He answers the question about the importance of research on aflatoxin binders for the dairy sector in East Africa.
Related PAEPARD blogpost:
- Safe food saves life: Dealing with aflatoxin : August 9, 2014
- Comprehension and action required for successful aflatoxin control : April 11, 2014
Hannu Korhonen (MTT Agrifood Research Finland)
Vivian Hoffmann (IFPRI) ;
Erastus Kangethe (Univ. Nairobi); Johanna Lindahl (ILRI, Nbo);
Vesa Joutsjoki (MTT Agrifood Research Finland) at the
The programme involves several Finnish and African research institutions. FoodAfrica is coordinated by MTT Agrifood Research Finland and its main funding agency is the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Quite a lot of research has been conducted on aflatoxins but FoodAfrica is the first project that is focusing on putting economic figures on the effects of aflatoxin on livestock and potential health risks caused by contaminated milk.
Many of the farmers who don’t understand the risk would feed moldy or spoilt maize to animals as feed, and drink the milk from these animals, which is the problem we are focusing on within the FoodAfrica programme, says Professor Erastus Kangethe from the University of Nairobi.