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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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AgResults organizes Innovation Platform for implementers and buyers of Aflasafe™ maize

AgResults linked over 30 implementers of aflasafe-treated maize with potential buyers during its Innovation Platform workshop, held on 25 May, at the Best Western Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria. Building on three years of success of the AgResults Project in private sector-led innovations through the “pull” mechanism, the workshop aimed to create an enabling environment for potential…

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Burundi holds sensitization workshop on aflatoxin

A workshop to sensitize stakeholders and partners on the status and effects of aflatoxin in Burundi was jointly organized by Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Burundi (ISABU) and IITA on 4 May at the King’s Conference Centre in Bujumbura. The event was officially opened by Séverin Bagorikunda, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture…

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AgResults conducts induction workshop for new implementers

To provide safe crops, better health, and higher income, the Agresult Aflasafe™pilot project recently held its third annual induction workshop for 16 new implementers that will  facilitate the adoption of Aflasafe and work with smallholder farmers to increase the productivity and profitability of their aflasafe-treated maize. The workshop was held 16-18 March at the Conference…

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USAID delegation visits Aflasafe project at IITA-Ibadan

A delegation of three from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), IITA’s foremost donor and co-funding agency of the AgResults Aflasafe pilot project, recently concluded a field visit to IITA-Ibadan to better understand the Project and the planned Africa-wide commercialization of Aflasafe™. The one-day visit, which took place on 4 February, comprised a briefing…

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Stakeholders at Kongwa prepare to be shown how to apply the aflasafe in the field.

IITA builds capacity of staff and partners in Tanzania on aflatoxin control

IITA recently trained its staff, partners, and farmers in Kongwa District, Tanzania, on how to control aflatoxin using Aflasafe, an effective and safe biological control product developed by researchers at the Institute and partners. Kongwa is a major maize and groundnut growing and consuming area. Both are important basic ingredients in complementary weaning foods in…

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Team at IITA Tanzania preparing the Aflasafe in the laboratory.

IITA supports Tanzania, Malawi, and Mozambique in developing Aflasafe to reduce aflatoxin contamination

IITA has produced and dispatched over 10 tons of experimental biological control products (Aflasafe), which will be tested in field trials for their efficacy to reduce aflatoxin contamination in three countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. The production took place at IITA’s research facilities in Tanzania. This is part of the Institute’s efforts to develop…

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IITA clarifies position on 3.2 million Kshs received from the National Irrigation Board (NIB)

Recently a daily newspaper in Kenya wrote two articles that put IITA in a negative light in relation to monies paid to the institute by the National Irrigation Board of Kenya. The Institute wrote a right of reply to provide more details on the payment which was published on 27 January 2016. Below is an…

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Picture of Charity Mutegi, IITA’s East Africa Aflasafe Project Coordinator with farmers.

Still flying high

A short narrative highlighting the background, impression, and achievements of Charity Mutegi, IITA’s East Africa Aflasafe Project Coordinator, is currently being featured on the Featured profile of the week section of the modernizing African food systems’ website. Mutegi was recognized as a role model for young women professionals in agriculture and for her outstanding contribution…

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