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Picture of Jacob Njegela, Research Associate at IITA, explains how aflasafe was developed and manufactured in the lab at IITA East Africa hub.

IITA trains media on aflatoxin and its biocontrol solution aflasafe

IITA recently trained 15 journalists from Tanzania on aflatoxin, its impact on health and trade, and ongoing efforts by IITA in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF) to control this deadly chemical produced by certain types of fungi.

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Networking in agriculture, the case of AgResults

As Nigeria advances on its resolve to diversify its economy and reignite agriculture, an IITA project—emphasizing strongly on both health and income—is creating the needed platform for the new wave of businesses that will spring from the sector.

An over view of the well-attended parallel session with over 200 participants.

Yes! We are winning in the fight to reduce aflatoxin contamination in key staple crops in Africa

A three-hour symposium was organized by IITA and several other stakeholders to discuss the ongoing efforts and progress made to reduce aflatoxin contamination on key staple crops in Africa and how the various stakeholders can synergize and strengthen these efforts.

Picture of Debo Akande, Aflasafe AgResults Pilot Manager addressing implementers in Ibadan.

AgResults holds 4th annual implementer induction and training at IITA

Aflatoxin contamination is a menace affecting over 4.5 billion people in developing countries. This is why the AgResults aflasafe™ pilot project is working through its private-sector experts known as implementers to facilitate access for farmers to Aflasafe—Africa’s first biocontrol product for aflatoxins.

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Two more feathers added to IITA’s Aflasafe project’s cap

When research on Africa’s first indigenous biological control for aflatoxins began intensively in 2003, the scientists involved in its fabrication just wanted to help Africans have safer food on their table. Today, not only has Aflasafe been able to achieve this goal, it is also gaining world recognition as an eco-friendly product that effectively combats the hazardous effects of aflatoxin contamination.

Picture of Dr Ranajit Bandyopadhyay addresses participants at the aTTC project launch in IITA, Ibadan.

aTTC project set to multiply yields and income of smallholder farmers

Triple yields with a better income await maize and groundnut smallholder farmers, thanks to a project—aflasafe Technology Transfer and Commercialization (aTTC)—that will facilitate farmers’ access to aflasafeTM, an innovative solution for the control of aflatoxin. The aTTC project was launched at IITA, Ibadan, on 1 December to create awareness about the technology, and look for…

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PACA honors IITA scientist and partner

The efficacy of Aflasafe to combat contamination of food crops by aflatoxins from the field up to storage has received further recognition from the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), a flagship program on the African Union Commission under the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture. To mark this achievement, IITA’s Ranajit Bandyopadhyay and…

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aflasafe KE01TM launched in Kenya; private sector asked to invest in the technology

Good news for maize farmers in Kenya and indeed Africa! The biocontrol product aflasafe KE01™, an innovative, safe, and effective technology for controlling aflatoxin contamination, was launched on 4 October at a ceremony at the Kenyan Agricultural Livestock and Research Organization (KALRO). aflasafe KE01TM has proven effective in reducing aflatoxin contamination by 70–80% in trials…

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IITA and KALRO agree to jointly manufacture and market aflasafe KE01™ to reduce aflatoxin contamination in Kenya

IITA and the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) have agreed to jointly manufacture and market aflasafe Ke01™, a revolutionary biocontrol product, which consistently reduces aflatoxin in treated food and feed by 80–99%–in Kenya for an initial period of five years. This was after the Director Generals of the two institutions—IITA’s Nteranya Sanginga and…

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Picture of IITA’s Ranajit Bandyopadhyay (right): (L-R) KALRO Director Eliud Kiplimo Kireger, Kenya’s Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Willy Bett, and USAID’s Beth Dunford

IITA showcases aflasafe KE01™ and transformation research to top officials of USAID and Kenya Agriculture Ministry

IITA was one of the three CGIAR centers invited to showcase its technologies/research efforts to top officials from Kenya’s Agriculture Ministry and USAID that included the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Willy Bett and the USAID Assistant to the Administrator Bureau of Food Security, Beth Dunford.

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