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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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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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Aflasafe commercialization team holds workshop at IITA-Ibadan

Stakeholders of the Aflasafe Technology Transfer and Commercialization (ATTC) project held a 3-day, kick-off workshop to develop a cohesive understanding of the vision and scope of the commercialization component of the project, approach, and expected outcomes.

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IITA efforts to control Aflatoxin in Tanzania impress US Senate staff

Visiting staff from the United States Senate, Washington, D.C., have applauded efforts by IITA to tackle aflatoxin contamination in key staple crops in Tanzania. Aflatoxin is a poison produced by some naturally occurring species of the fungus, Aspergillus that renders crops unfit for human and livestock consumption and reduces their sale value. When consumed, aflatoxins…

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Experts convene to deliberate how to make food and feed safe from aflatoxins in Africa

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) with support and in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture- Foreign Agricultural Service ( USDA-ARS ) organized the second networking workshop for Biocontrol experts from 13 African nations and beyond this week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as part of efforts to improve the health of Africans…

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Stakeholders discuss biopesticide registration in Malawi

A two-day stakeholders’ review meeting was held at the Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. The aim was to discuss the existing policies and regulations on biopesticide registration with relevant stakeholders and solicit their input on a ‘Guidance Document’ for streamlining registration in Malawi. The document was developed by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and…

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