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Ag Results Aflasafe Project One

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In Nigeria, there is high contamination of maize with unacceptably high levels of aflatoxin.
This contamination has harmful health effects for the consumers and negative economic consequences for the growers.
Bio control product Aflasafe, which reduces aflatoxin contamination of maize by 80% to 90% was developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and other partners in Nigeria.
The AgResults Aflasafe Project is providing incentives to smallholder farmers for adopting this biological control innovation.
AgResult focus on consumption and production impact of aflatoxin reduced maize.
Also creating innovation platform for off-taking of aflatoxin reduced maize in Nigeria.

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Ag Results Aflasafe Project One

  1. 1. www.iita.orgA member of CGIAR consortium AgResults Aflasafe Project One Debo Akande On behalf of AgResults Aflasafe Team Ibadan March 2016
  2. 2. www.iita.orgA member of CGIAR consortium Outline • Introduction to AgResults Program • Background to AgResults Aflasafe Project • Goal, Rationale and Scope • Strategic Objective • AgResults Operational Model • Project Element: Action for Adoption • Project Expected Results • Conclusion
  3. 3. www.iita.orgA member of CGIAR consortium Introduction to AgResults Program AgResults is a new multilateral initiative addressing the need for increased investment in global food security and agriculture, in particular from the private sector achieved through Pull Mechanism. Increase incentives for private sector investment in agriculture. Incentive after measurable results not before i.e Aflatoxin reduced maize through smallholder/contracting farmers. In areas where private sector investment is virtually absent due to market uncertainties. Leaving production, marketing and distribution strategies to the private sector.
  4. 4. www.iita.orgA member of CGIAR consortium Background of AgResults Aflasafe Project In Nigeria, there is high contamination of maize with unacceptably high levels of aflatoxin. This contamination has harmful health effects for the consumers and negative economic consequences for the growers.  Bio control product Aflasafe, which reduces aflatoxin contamination of maize by 80% to 90% was developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and other partners in Nigeria. The AgResults Aflasafe Project is providing incentives to smallholder farmers for adopting this biological control innovation. AgResult focus on consumption and production impact of aflatoxin reduced maize.  Also creating innovation platform for off-taking of aflatoxin reduced maize in Nigeria.
  5. 5. www.iita.orgA member of CGIAR consortium AgResult Aflasafe Project Goal: goal of the Aflasafe pilot is to demonstrate a pull mechanism model for significantly reducing aflatoxin contamination. Rationale: Few maize-producing organizations and farmers in Nigeria are aware of the aflatoxin problem or unwilling to invest without confidence that there will be a market for aflatoxin-free crops. At the same time, regulators are highly constrained in their ability to enforce limits on aflatoxin contamination. Approach: through pull mechanism, incentivizes organizations with contract farming arrangements, to work with smallholder maize farmers to adopt Aflasafe, while also increasing productivity.
  6. 6. www.iita.orgA member of CGIAR consortium Strategic objectives of the Project  Development Impacts: Health of the consumers and economic development of smallholder farmers.  Build a sustained market: Aflasafe maize as commercial viable product- with premium payment .  Lesson Learn about pull mechanism: AgResults Aflasafe pilot project will provide a model for a larger roll-out in Africa.
  7. 7. Goal To improve the health and livelihood of smallholder farmers in Nigeria Long-term outcome (5 year) Increase consumption of quality maize Improve smallholder incomes Medium-term outcome (3 year) Short-term outcome (1 year) Outputs Activities and initiatives Increase availability of quality maize Increase smallholder sale of maize in downstream markets Increase treatment of crops with AflasafeTM Increase smallholder maize yields Administration of the pull mechanism including marketing, promotion, verification and disbursement of funds Program Evaluation of output harvested and collected Participant Support to farmers to increase yields Participant Distribution of AflasafeTM to smallholders Program Evaluation of AflasafeTM prevalence AgResults Operational Models
  8. 8. Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Implementer Selection Planting Season Harvest Sampling & Verification Awards South North South North • Field officers inspect AflasafeTM treated fields for visible signs of sporulation 5-15 days after application • Farmers harvest, thresh maize and sell a portion to Implementers • IITA samples 1 out of every 3, 100-kg-bags of aggregated • IITA creates 1 homogeneous sample per truck • 100% of samples are tested for Aflatoxin and AflasafeTM • Premiums are paid if the sample has >70% • AflasafeTM applied to the soil by farmers 1 to 1.5 months after planting (Apr‘13 – Mar‘14) Year 2 Year 3 Year 4Year 1Year 0 Design and Pre-launch (Apr‘14 – Mar‘15) (Apr‘15 – Mar‘16) (Apr‘16 – Mar‘17) (Apr‘17 – Mar‘18) Closeout (May‘18– Jul‘18 ) 67% 33% • 14 implementers in 8 Northern states • 7 implementers in 4 Southern Sates Kaduna Kano Jigawa Zamfara Kogi Kwara Oyo Federal Capitol Territory Ogun Ekiti Page 2 Where is the Pilot operating in Nigeria? What is the timeline and schedule of the Pilot? How is sampling and verification conducted? Planting & AflasafeTM Application Sporulation Verification Harvest, Aggregation & Sampling Verification What is the Pilot cycle?
  9. 9. General challenges/Action for Adoption  Subsistence Farming vrs Agribusiness : Agribusiness through Implementers. Training and capacity support.  Limited awareness on aflatoxin issues : Awareness through NAFDAC/IITA Workshop.  Limited Access to Finance and Market: Innovation platform for market /finance, Linkages between buyers/Implementers, verification of aflatoxin for market access, Incentive for good performance.  Agricultural Practices and Management i.e quality and quantity of inputs use; post harvest mgt etc : Linkage to right sources of inputs and advisory services.  Sustainability Issue : In country multi-stakeholders partnership (Advisory Council)/Profit oriented and market driven business . www.iita.orgDATEA member of CGIAR consortium
  10. 10. www.iita.orgA member of CGIAR consortium Integrated approach to manage aflatoxin Aggregation Aflasafe Inputs & training to improve productivity Farmer groups/ value chain Training for pre/postharvest afla management Awareness and sensitizations Policy and advocacy Market linkages Aflatoxin testing
  11. 11. www.iita.orgA member of CGIAR consortium Project Plan 2014-2017 32 Implementers will work with 18,000+ maize farmers with an average 1.5ha of farm land in 2016/17 and 42 Implementers will work with 32,000+ maize farmers with an average of 2ha in 2017/18. Expect that 270MTS of Aflasafe will be applied to an average of 27,000 ha of farmland in 2016; and 640MTS of Aflasafe to an average of 64,000 ha of land in 2016. 490,000 tons of low-aflatoxin maize can be produced over a 4-year period by nearly 36,000 smallholder farmers and deliver health benefit to 70,000 smallholders family members not including downstream maize consumers.
  12. 12. www.iita.orgA member of CGIAR consortium

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