Aflatoxin

News

Picture of a group of people looking over a collection of nutrition informational materials on a table.

SPRING/Ghana hosted a learning event to share important lessons and celebrate accomplishments in improving maternal and child nutrition in the country from 2014-2017.

Several men and women cut the ribbon in front of the new nut roasting machine.

SPRING supported the public-private partnership between USAID and Hershey’s, launching a groundnut roaster to produce health foods for Ghanaian children.

Groundnut shellers

SPRING is distributing nut shellers to communities in Northern Ghana as a demonstration of their ability to save labor for female groundnut and shea nut farmers.

Galleries

Ziba Dokurugu, SPRING Agriculture Advisor, explaining our aflatoxin management work with Farmer Field Schools to visitors at the agriculture table at the event

SPRING/Ghana held a learning and sharing event to reflect on implementation successes and recommendations.

School pupils reciting a poem on the effects of malnutrition on children.

SPRING/Ghana participated in an event launching our new nut roasting equipment as part of a public-private partnership with USAID, Hershey, and Project Peanut Butter.

Groundnut shellers in the country office ready to be delivered to the districts.

SPRING is distributing a limited number of nut shellers to communities in Northern Ghana as a demonstration of their ability to save labor for female groundnut and shea nut farmers.

Briefs

Photo of a woman and child sorting and drying groundnuts.

SPRING/Ghana takes a multi-sectoral approach, simultaneously addressing both the direct and underlying causes of malnutrition. Aflatoxins are toxic compounds produced by the molds...

Location: Ghana

Training Materials

A group of farmers, all in a line, prepares a field for groundnuts.

This curriculum was designed to fit the FFS training model, in which sessions are conducted “on the farm,” following an experiential learning model in an environment that allows for...

Keywords: Anemia, Agriculture, Aflatoxin
Location: Ghana

Videos

A woman and boy kneel over a tarp spread with groundnuts and pick the bad nuts from the good.

SPRING/Ghana is working to reduce aflatoxin contamination in groundnuts. As part of those efforts, we produced a video drama on aflatoxin for dissemination in SPRING project communities....

Job Aids and Tools

A farmer's hand holding a bunch of just-pulled groundnuts.

SPRING is working to reduce aflatoxin contamination in groundnuts. As part of those efforts, we produced a video drama on aflatoxin for dissemination in SPRING project communities.

Four women pose holding bunches of groundnut plants.

In an effort to support reductions in aflatoxin, Spring/Ghana has developed a training curriculum (Farmer Field School curriculum) for Agricultural Extension Agents (AEAs). This photo aid...

Farmers drying groundnuts pods on a tarpaulin – Yendi District

This instructional-based training video was developed by SPRING/Ghana as a job aid for agriculture extension agents (AEAs) to engage groundnut farmers in northern Ghana on some selected...

Success Stories

A groundnut farmer receives an award from a FFS instructor.

Then Ganabi joined a farmer field school (FFS) managed by SPRING, USAID’s multi-sectoral nutrition project. The FFS trainings teach farmers good agronomic practices, which make it easier to...

Mr. and Mrs. Azaghizo have increased their yield of ground nuts by spontaneously adopting better farming practices taught through farmer field schools.

Mr. and Mrs. Azaghizo have increased their yield of ground nuts by spontaneously adopting better farming practices taught through farmer field schools.

Keywords: Agriculture, Aflatoxin
Location: Ghana

Resource Review Summaries

Agricultural extension services play an important role in disseminating production information to small farmers, especially on issues like aflatoxins. But in extension services in Zambia,...

Keywords: Aflatoxin, Gender
Location: Zambia

Aflatoxins constitute a ‘silent’ threat to food security. A substantial body of knowledge is available on the aflatoxin challenge affecting African farmers, other agri-entrepreneurs, and...

Only highly contaminated nuts or kernels may show clear signs of aflatoxin contamination, making sorting a challenge. Now, scientists at the Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab are...

This policy brief was launched by the Global Panel at its joint high-level meeting with the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) on 12 April 2016 in Accra Ghana. The brief...

Keywords: Aflatoxin
Location: Ghana

This blog highlights the need to improve food safety in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly with regard to aflatoxin contamination of staple crops, and how major food processing companies have...

Keywords: Aflatoxin
Location: Africa

The harmful health and economic effects of aflatoxin-contaminated crops are illustrated in this infographic. The graphic also describes prevention measures targeting each of aflatoxin’s...

Keywords: Aflatoxin

This comprehensive, 50+ page report provides perspective from DFID UK on the effectiveness of using agricultural activities to achieve nutrition outcomes. A literature review drawing...

The symposium included two keynote addresses discussing the 2013 Lancet Series on Nutrition and the role of Aflatoxin in growth suppression, a session on multi-sectoral nutrition research...