Aflatoxin Control Technical Assistance in Africa
The purpose of the project is to ensure that small-scale maize and groundnut producers are aware of aflatoxin control technologies and have access to Aflasafe and other aflatoxin control technologies at a cost that is reasonably within their means. Funding under this Agreement support African researchers to better understand the various technical and practical aspect of aflatoxin biocontrol development, as well as provide an opportunity for the Africans to network and establish collaborative relationships. This program will also support the development of an aflatoxin biocontrol product and registration in various countries, which may include sample collection, surveys, field trial research, registration support, information transfer and concept sensitization to stakeholders, strain isolation, product development, and technician professional services.
The goal of the project is to improve income and nutritional health of farmer families and generate wealth by improved food safety in the maize, groundnut and cassava value chains. As part of this work, IITA will build the capacity of African scientists through training on biocontrol development including, but not limited to, the following activities:
- expanding biocontrol research and outreach to Rwanda,
- expand biocontrol research and outreach to Zambia,
- expand biocontrol research and outreach to Senegal,
- technical training of African laboratory researchers, regulators, and other stakeholders and,
- investigate expansion of the biocontrol program to other African countries as opportunities develop