Peanut or groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) is an important economic crop in the tropical and warm temperate regions of the world. Its global production reaches up approximately 39.9 million metric tons per year, according to a report by FAO in 2015. However, one of the major problems in peanut production is the contamination with Aspergillus and aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are of great concern due to their toxicological effects to human and animals.
Different strategies both at pre-harvest and post-harvest stages have been applied to reduce the entry of aflatoxins to the food and feed chains. As an important value chain promoted under the LFSP, equal concern has been placed on protecting the farmers from this risk. In order to guide farmers on managing this risk, the Agricultural Productivity and Nutrition component of the LFSP is emphasizing an integrated management approach from the field until food or feed processing is order to reduce the impact of aflatoxins.
This guide has been developed for the lead farmers and is in the local dialect to ease understanding.