A new paper describes and assesses the strength of a theory of change for how adoption of farm-level technologies and practices for aflatoxin mitigation can contribute to reductions in aflatoxin exposure among consumers in a market context.
Aflatoxins are toxic chemicals produced as by-products by fungi (moulds) that grow on maize, groundnuts and other food crops. These toxins also affect feedstuffs, which then contaminate milk, meat and eggs. The toxins occur everywhere in the world, but pose particularly high risks in tropical developing countries where certain staple foods, such as maize and sorghum, comprise a large part of the diets of the poor.
Biocontrol is one way of managing aflatoxins by targeting the fungus that produces aflatoxin while the crop is still in the field.
Just in time to add fuel to the fire of the current meat, milk and diet wars being waged in scholarly and lay media alike comes the latest issue (Oct 2019) of the scientific journal ‘Animal Frontiers’ on ‘Foods of animal origin: A prescription for global health’, with the term ‘health’, here, covering both human and environmental health. What it offers is a clear-headed, evidenced based, balanced look at the facts as we know them, and the facts that we need.
A new report strengthens the economic case for increased public investment and other policy attention on food safety in developing countries. It synthesizes evidence of the economic costs of unsafe food in relation to both domestic markets and trade, positions food safety as an integral part of economic development and food system modernization, and provides guidance on improving food safety awareness and behaviour from farm to fork.
This week, Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), led a delegation from ILRI to the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC HLM2), held in Nairobi, Kenya. On 30 Nov 2016, Smith participated in a panel discussion highlighting the essential role of business in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and providing guidance for how governments and development partners can support responsible, inclusive and sustainable business.
Discussants at this event unpacked the tensions inherent between developing livestock markets to meet economic goals of the poor and meeting the nutritional needs of poor households raising livestock.
Private-Sector Mechanism Partnerships Forum on Livestock, 30 June 2016, IFAD, Rome: Luncheon on the ‘Zero Hunger Challenge’, Keynote address, ‘Balancing the Plate’, by Jimmy Smith,
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Ethiopian farmer with fresh milk from her cow (photo credit: ILRI/Apollo Habtamu). This article is written by ILRI scientists Dawit Gizachew, Barbara Szonyi, Azage Tegegne, Jean Hanson and Delia Grace Editor’s note: A statement in the article below, comparing various levels of risk, offended some of our readers. We thank those readers who let us …