Food and Nutrition Security in Africa, Fighting aflatoxins: Reducing risk in Kenya's food chains, Delia Grace & Johanna Lindahl

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Food and Nutrition Security in Africa seminar in Helsinki 16 June 2014, Fighting aflatoxins: Reducing June risk in Kenya's food chains, Delia Grace & Johanna Lindahl, ILRI

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Food and Nutrition Security in Africa, Fighting aflatoxins: Reducing risk in Kenya's food chains, Delia Grace & Johanna Lindahl

  1. 1. Fighting aflatoxins: Reducing risk in Kenya's food chains Delia Grace & Johanna Lindahl, ILRI
  2. 2. Results (preliminary) 1) In 10 rural sites, most farmers are aware of the risks of mouldy maize and actively try to prevent these. 2) In rural Meru, everyone is exposed to aflatoxins but poorer people have higher levels in their blood.
  3. 3. Results (preliminary) 1) In Nairobi, most know about aflatoxins (the poor less) and 46% of milk has over FAO recommended levels. 2) People say they are willing to pay for safe milk but, in practice, most prefer to buy cheap milk.
  4. 4. Results (preliminary) 1) Several technologies were found to be less promising at drying maize; one promising technology is under further study. 2) 200 bacterial isolates from local foods are being tested for potential to reduce mould growth. Collapsible drying case . Photo by IFPRI
  5. 5. Impacts • Two technical packages on livestock and livestock feed standards developed for the East African Community leading to better policies
  6. 6. Impacts • 10,000 household members benefiting from information on aflatoxins and good practices to reduce risk.
  7. 7. Impacts • Evidence on impacts and mitigation will be up-scaled and out-scaled through the CGIAR research program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health. – http://www.a4nh.cgiar.org – http://aghealth.wordpress.com

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