Reducing Post-Harvest Loss with AflaSTOP in Kenya and Tanzania
THEME: Scaling Technology and Innovation for Agriculture
DATE: Monday, March 27
TIME: 10:15 AM
LOCATION: Ballroom 2
Post-harvest losses and food safety are critical issues affecting food security. The AflaSTOP: Storage and Drying for Aflatoxin Prevention project targeted post-harvest methods to mitigate aflatoxin increases at the smallholder level. Aflatoxin enters the food chain when crops are still in the field and moves to urban markers as smallholders sell their surplus. The project established that hermetic storage significantly prevents aflatoxin increases during storage, but drying maize is a key constraint for farmers. Using a human centric approach, AflaSTOP carried out a cyclical approach to technology development, with research, design, building and testing, being repeated to come up with a portable affordable maize dryer suitable for smallholder volumes. The objective of this workshop is to share the results of this technology development process and discuss key lessons learned in moving from pilot to scale-up as well as the applicability of the model in other countries and with other crops.
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