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Toxins 2018, 10(4), 136; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxins10040136

Scaling-Up the Impact of Aflatoxin Research in Africa. The Role of Social Sciences

Platform for African-European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development; FARA Secretariat, PMB CT 173 Cantonments, Accra, Ghana
Received: 6 February 2018 / Revised: 1 March 2018 / Accepted: 13 March 2018 / Published: 23 March 2018
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At the interface between agriculture and nutrition, the aflatoxin contamination of food and feed touches on agriculture, health, and trade. For more than three decades now, the problem of aflatoxin has been researched in Africa. The interest of development cooperation for aflatoxin and the support to aflatoxin mitigation projects has its ups and downs. The academic world and the development world still seem to operate in different spheres and a collaboration is still challenging due to the complexity of the contamination sources at pre-harvest and post-harvest levels. There is a growing call by research funders and development actors for the impact of solutions at a scale. The solutions to mitigate aflatoxin contamination require new ways of working together. A more prominent role is to be played by social scientists. The role of social scientists in scaling-up the impact of aflatoxin research in Africa and the proposed mitigation solutions is to ensure that awareness, advantage, affordability, and access are systematically assessed. Aflatoxin-reduced staple foods and feed would be an agricultural result with a considerable health and food safety impact. View Full-Text
Keywords: food safety; aflatoxins; value chains; crop improvement; post-harvest management; maize; groundnuts food safety; aflatoxins; value chains; crop improvement; post-harvest management; maize; groundnuts
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