Project Details

Aflatoxin control in farmers fields, post-harvest handling, and off-farm value chains under the USAID-funded project United in Building and Advancing Life Expectations - UBALE

Duration: 01/Jan/2016 - 30/Sep/2019

Locations: Eastern and Southern Africa / Malawi

Project contact: Dr S Anitha (

Donor: International NGO

CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes

Evaluate the prevalence of Aflatoxin contamination in the soils of the target districts, as well as in maize and groundnuts stored at the household level (immediately after harvest and again just before planting of the next season), and at key points in the value chains of each crop (no blood or urine sampling to be done). This activity will be implemented in all project districts to detect Aspergillus and the potential for contamination of samples in the soil in soil, and selected crops and will involve National Association of Smallholder Farmers (NASFAM) and the Department of agricultural research services early in the project cycle to facilitate application of findings.

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