Keeping crops and livestock free of toxins and spoilage while reducing waste and loss requires capacity and infrastructure often lacking in developing countries. Food safety and loss can devastate local and national trade, agricultural economies, and human health.
Abt Associates offers tailored tools and resources, including improved harvest and crop storage technologies, risk assessments, analyses of food control systems – such as surveillance and laboratory services – and policy roadmaps to identify and reduce high-profile hazards, such as aflatoxins in maize and peanuts.
How can country and economic assessments spur African countries to respond to the threat of aflatoxin?
Aflatoxin and other mycotoxins – which develop via fungi in moist grain and legumes – can be lethal to humans and animals, and chronic high levels can cause liver damage and immunosuppression. In support of the Africa-led Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), Abt worked with the Meridian Institute in 2012-2013 to produce A Conceptual Framework for Conducting Country and Economic Assessment of Aflatoxin Contamination. This framework proposed a country-led approach to assess national outlooks for aflatoxin prevention and mitigation, estimated the economic impacts of aflatoxin contamination, and identified priority areas for aflatoxin control. The framework already has served as a guiding document for Nigeria, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, the Gambia, and Senegal. Abt continues to support these endeavors, most recently by reviewing country-led reports to identify areas of improvement and capacity building.
CLIENT: Meridian Institute