|PAEPARD project brochure
|25 August 2015
PAEPARD CRF Project
Funded by the Platform for African-European Partnership in Agriculture and Research for Development (PAEPARD) through
the competitive research fund. The project was launched in October 2014 and spans to December 2017.
Groundnuts 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.
The project therefore aims to reduce pre and post-harvest waste in the groundnut value chain (GnVC) and thereby
increase food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers in the
focal countries. The project intervenes at three levels:
Based on the applied research and analysis of major constrains related GnVC, promising pre- and post-harvest
practices and technologies are assessed, validated and further developed through participative evaluation in
selected rural households
- The successfully tested practices are documented, appropriate dissemination tools and methodologies are
elaborated, and farmer capacities are built; and
- Based on the evidence gained from the validation of pre- and post-harvest practices and technologies, advocacy
and policy dialogues are conducted through multi-stakeholder platforms at the local, national and regional levels
with the aim of strengthening these aspects in policies and regulatory frameworks.
- The project will target smallholder and poor farm families with specific focus on women in Malawi and Zambia.
The goal of this project is to reduce pre- and post-harvest losses by focusing on reducing Aflatoxin in the GnVC for
improved food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers by addressing main constraining factors of technology dissemination
and adoption, knowledge and information sharing, and policies.
Specific Project Objectives:
Project Implementation partners
- To conduct research and identify, further validate and disseminate successful Aflatoxin contamination reduction
practices and technologies adapted to specific socio-economic and socio-cultural contexts within the GnVC that is
benefitting smallholder farmers in the focal countries.
- To reach scale and sustainability in the adoption of good Aflatoxin contamination reduction practices and technologies
through innovative approaches in farmer-led Rural Advisory Services (RAS), capacity-building and effective
- To address policy constraints related to Aflatoxin contamination reduction issues through increased awareness of
policy makers and through fostering of effective mechanisms for learning and sharing of experiences of Aflatoxin
National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi (NASFAM) - Country-Malawi
Eastern Province Farmers' Cooperatives (EPFC) Limited Country- Zambia
Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)- Country-South Africa
Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich Country- UK
Department of Agricultural Research Services (DARS) - Country- Malawi
Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI) - Country-Zambia