Aflatoxin is a type of mold that is considered a human carcinogen. It’s found in certain commonly eaten foods including groundnuts and maize, and is most harmful to these foods in Zimbabwe.
In Zimbabwe many farming communities pile the remains of harvested grain plants to decompose in areas with high moisture and high temperatures. This promotes aflatoxin mould growth whose spores are easily transferred by wind to healthy plants still in the field or under storage nearby.
The LFSP is promoting several value chains which are susceptible to the aflatoxin threat including mung beans, cowpeas, sorghum and millet. All farming communities in Zimbabwe also grow the maize staple which is at risk to this mold.
The LFSP’s APN component has created a Shona dialect guide for farmers and extension staff on how to avoid aflatoxin.
Access the “Avoid Aflatoxin Guide”, Here.