Selling cooked maize in a market

Cooked maize on sale in a market (photo credit: IITA)

Overview
Each year, over 4.5 billion people are at risk of chronic exposure to mycotoxins. These people mainly live in developing countries where exposure to mycotoxins is not sufficiently controlled.

The goal of this project, the fifth of seven work packages of the FoodAfrica Programme, is to reduce the risk of mycotoxin contamination in staple crops in Kenya.

To achieve this goal, cost-effective and incentive-based mycotoxin control strategies and solutions will be developed for the use of poor farmers and other actors within the feed-dairy chain.

Principal project activities

  • Integrated risk and economic assessment of the feed–dairy chain in Kenya
  • Investigation of technologies and strategies to reduce the risk of mycotoxins in the feed–dairy chain
  • Assessment of milk consumers’ awareness of aflatoxins and their willingness to pay for certified aflatoxin-free milk
  • Impact assessment of a package of post-harvest strategies for reducing aflatoxins in maize

Evidence dissemination and capacity building are included in each activity. The capacity of local researchers and postgraduate students is developed through participation in designing surveys, field work and data analysis.

In addition, participatory methods are applied to develop and test strategies to mitigate the risk of mycotoxins in the feed–food chain. Farmer participatory research engages farmers in action research on their fields so they can learn and adopt new technologies and disseminate the knowledge to other farmers.

Timeline
Start Date: 1 May 2012 | End Date: 30 June 2018

ILRI scientists
Delia Grace
Johanna Lindahl

Partners
Luke (Natural Resources Institute Finland)
International Food Policy Research Institute
International Livestock Research Institute
Kenya Meteorological Department
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Rakuno Gakuen University, Japan
University of Nairobi

Funder
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland

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2 Responses to “Measuring and mitigating the risk of mycotoxins in maize and dairy products for poor consumers in Kenya”


  1. Real Impact is an NGO based in Thika, Kenya. We have developed an agro-nutrition demonstration farm and training courses to promote self sufficiency in nutrition and livelihoods for small scale farmers. http://www.realimpact.or.ke
    We have just begun introducing animal production (rabbits and dairy cows) in our argo-nutrition farm for sources of Vitamin B, protein etc). We have already had rabbits dying of aflatoxin poisoning and are aware of many thousands of rabbits on farms throughout Kenya which have also died. We intend to produce our own maize meal on farm in future to reduce the risk of purchasing poor quality infected grain. We will also be contacting IITA regarding a joint demonstration at our farm on how to produce corn without Aspergillus contamination and how to dry it quickly, process and store it in Aspergillus free conditions. JKUAT is very close by our farm and we would like to meet as soon as possible to discuss joint demonstrations at our farm on existing best practice. Real Impact would then include this technology in our suite of training courses for small scale farmers, and extension services. We want to buy Aflasafe. Is it Registered with PCPB? Where can we buy it? What is the application rate per hectare, How much is it? We should be pleased to hear from you. Louise Labuschagne Director Real Impact NGO

    1. Tezira Lore Says:

      Hi Louise,

      Thanks for your comment. Kindly contact Charity Mutegi of IITA (c.mutegi@cgiar.org) for more information on Aflasafe registration status and distribution. She is the Kenya country coordinator of the Aflasafe project. I’m sure she would also be interested in discussing your proposal to partner with them on a demonstration farm.

      All the best!
      Tezira

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