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Scientists discover best practice for minimizing aflatoxin contamination of maize

Scientists recommend best practice for minimizing aflatoxin contamination of maize

R4D Special IITA researchers, working with scientists from other agricultural institutions, have come up with a pre-harvest practice for minimizing aflatoxin contamination of maize. The practice was developed and outlined in a study in Kenya, which was carried out to document the rate at which aflatoxin contaminates physiologically mature maize in the field. Aflatoxins are…

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Extension workers and agribusinesses receive aflatoxin management training in Ghana’s Ashanti and Eastern regions

Extension workers and agribusinesses receive aflatoxin management training in Ghana’s Ashanti and Eastern regions

It was moment of learning, capacity strengthening, and networking for participants at the regional training of trainers (ToT) workshop held in Ghana’s Ashanti and Eastern regional capitals of Kumasi and Koforidua in March 2019. As part of its Aflasafe technology transfer strategy, IITA, in partnership with the Green Innovation Center (GIC) of GIZ and Ghana’s…

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IITA: Investing in tomorrow’s researchers

For a long time, IITA has recognized gender equality in the workforce as an important ideal to pursue. To achieve this, the Institute has prioritized the development of women in research by investing in the next generation of women scientists and empowering them in their different roles. One of such women being empowered today is…

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Muacheia Acacio Groundnut farmer applying Aflasafe in Muriaze, Nampula Province, Northern Mozambique, during field efficacy trials conducted during the 2016/2017 cropping season.

Aflasafe registration gets approval in Mozambique

After almost five years developing and field-testing an innovative but simple way to control aflatoxin in groundnut and maize  in Mozambique,  Mozambique’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security on 20 February approved the registration of two Aflasafe products. Aflasafe is a 100% natural solution to aflatoxin contamination. Each product is composed of four native-to-Mozambique, non-poisonous…

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Picture of Research Leader of the Africa-wide Aflasafe Initiative at IITA, Ranajit Bandyopadhyay (left),with Abdou Konlambigue of ATTC (rightmost) and other dignitaries showing off packs of Aflasafe GH02 at its launch in Accra.

Getting to grips with aflatoxin in Ghana with Aflasafe

Aflatoxin is a major threat to health, food security, and trade but positive change was heralded in Accra recently, at the official launch of Aflasafe GH02.

Picture of Prof Boga (right) handing over a copy of the EAC policy briefs on aflatoxin control after the launch to IITA’s Victor Manyong, East Africa Hub Director.

EAC launches policy briefs on aflatoxin prevention and control developed with IITA

A set of policy briefs outlining key strategic policy recommendations and actions to prevent and control aflatoxin contamination along food and feed value chains in East Africa, were officially launched at a two-day regional forum in Nairobi, Kenya, 15–16 August.

Picture of some of the participants at the Aflasafe trial fields where they were taught the practical application of the technology in the field.

IITA trains extension staff on aflatoxin as it prepares to scale out aflasafeTZ in Tanzania

As part of its push to ensure access to safe and aflatoxin-free food across Africa, IITA recently trained stakeholders in the governments’ agricultural extension services in parts of Tanzania, on aflatoxin and on use of aflasafeTZ, the effective biocontrol product that reduces aflatoxin contamination consistently by more than 80% to safe levels.

AgResults holds 5th-year implementer induction; fosters full sustainability in Nigeria

To obtain higher income, quality maize grains, and improve the livelihoods of farmers, the AgResults Aflasafe™ pilot project held its year 5 implementer induction and training workshop on 4–6 April, for both old and new implementers at IITA in Ibadan.

Picture of Jocelyn Brown (second from right) listens to a technician’s briefing during the lab visit.

IITA-Malawi hosts USDA-FAS, US Embassy delegation

On 3 November, IITA-Malawi hosted a delegation from the Department of Agriculture–Foreign Agriculture Service (USDA-FAS) and the US Embassy in Malawi who came to find out about IITA’s work in the country, particularly on aflatoxin research and Aflasafe development.

Picture of dignitaries visiting the IITA booth.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture praises IITA’s technologies and pledges support to register aflasafeTz

The Deputy Minister for Agriculture in Tanzania, Dr Mary Mwanjelwa, expressed appreciation for the efforts of IITA to develop the agriculture sector in Tanzania.

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