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Stemming Aflatoxin pre- and post-harvest waste in the groundnut value chain (GnVC) in Malawi and Zambia to improve food and nutrition security in the smallholder farming families.
Duration17 June 2015 - 17 June 2015
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Contract amountUS$ 0.00
Project objectiveGroundnuts form the basis for food and nutrition security for the majority of the smallholder farmers and are a vital component in the livelihoods of rural families. The challenge is that the groundnuts of these smallholder farmers are prone to Aflatoxin contamination. The contamination can occur any time from pre-harvest to post-harvest and has enormous health and economic consequence. Investing in pre- and post-harvest loss research, technical advice and policy advocacy to reduce food losses could significantly increase the food and nutrition security.
Focus countriesMalawi, Zambia
Project overviewGroundnut is an important food and nutrition crop in Malawi and Zambia. In Malawi, groundnut is one of the strategic crops in the National Export Strategy with groundnut exports ranked second only to tobacco in terms of foreign exchange earnings. In Zambia, groundnut is the second mostly grown crop after Maize. Since 2007, Zambia has experienced increased groundnuts production: 37% of the small and medium scale farming households grew groundnuts in 2011/12; 44% in 2010/11, 49% in the 2009/10 and 44% households in 2008/09. Groundnuts do not only have nutritional and dietary value, they also provide cash to farmers and enrich the soil with nitrogen through biological nitrogen fixation. The important role that groundnut plays is threatened by large pre and post-harvest losses that occur due to Aflatoxin contamination. In recent years, Malawi and Zambia lost their share of the world market for groundnuts due, to in part, high incidence of Aflatoxin. Such losses are a huge threat to food security among smallholder farmers. Also, adoption of new technologies among smallholder farmers is very limited for a number of reasons. Despite the highlighted Aflatoxin challenge, there are also opportunities like favourable climate and good soils which are ideal for growing groundnuts in Malawi and Zambia and there is high demand for groundnuts both internally and for the export market. Taking advantage of these opportunities can have a substantial impact on the economy of small-scale farmers involved, especially women. Additionally, there is quasi absence of pre- and post-harvest waste in the GnVC as topic in politics and rural advisory services (RAS). The value of groundnut as a crop makes Aflotoxin problem in the GnVC a right federating theme to focus on.
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