Duration: 01/Oct/2011 - 30/Sep/2013
Locations: Zambia / Eastern and Southern Africa
Project contact: Siambi, M
Donor: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-USA
CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes,Dryland Cereals
In Zambia, several initiatives on aflatoxin contamination have been started; MATEP (Market Access Trade Enabling Policies) is an initiative funded by USAID. Also, one NGO (AFRICARE) through a market innovation fund has an initiative for supporting production of aflatoxin-free groundnuts. Other projects include ACOMAP that is linked with Msekera Research Station but lack capacity to carry out the work effectively. This project will transfer our experience and build capacity in Zambia.
The project addresses important points that would contribute to fulfilling both the USAID/Zambia as well as the global Feed the Future Initiative. Promoting crop rotation will increase productivity in cropping systems and encourage diversification, thereby checking aflatoxin inoculum buildup. Reduction of aflatoxin contamination will reduce the health risks associated with aflatoxin exposure. It will also provide for better nutrition by producing groundnuts free from contamination and open markets for maize and groundnut with aflatoxin levels that do not threaten human health.