Stemming Aflatoxin in the Groundnut Chain in Sub-Saharan Africa
01 April 2016
Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.), a tropical food crop is a rich source of multiple nutrients with associated health benefits. Among others, consumption of good quality groundnuts helps to reduce the risk of cancer and obesity, boosts memory, combats depression, prevents several cardiovascular disorders, and treats hemophilia and other blood related disorders (Sanders et al., 2000; Ros, 2010; Vinson and Cai, 2012; Allen, 2008; King et al., 2008). However, the presence of aflatoxins, poisonous and cancer-causing compounds that are produced by certain pathogenic molds (mainly Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus) compromise the health safety and nutritional value of the crop thereby affecting the marketability of groundnuts. This policy brief has been specifically prepared to highlight the importance of aflatoxins on human health and trade in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It ....
Stemming Aflatoxin pre- and post-harvest waste in the groundnut value chain (GnVC)
19 May 2016
Stemming Aflatoxin pre- and post-harvest waste in the groundnut value chain (GnVC) in Malawi and Zambia to improve food and nutrition security in the smallholder farming families.
Funded by the Platform for African-European Partnership in Agriculture and Rural Development (PAEPARD) through the competitive research fund. The project was launched in October 2014 and spans to December 2017...
FANRPAN Convenes a National Policy Dialogue on CSA in the Democratic Republic of Congo
15 April 2016
Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is agriculture that sustainably increases productivity, resilience (adaptation), reduces/removes greenhouse gases (mitigation), and enhances achievement of national food security and development goals. CSA encourages the use of all available and applicable climate change solutions in a pragmatic and impact-focused manner. While resilience is key, CSA is broader and ...
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO REVIEW AND UPDATE FANRPAN ADMIN & FINANCE; PROCUREMENT SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES.
04 April 2016
FANRPAN invites eligible Consulting Firms to indicate their interest to review and update its Administration &, Finance, procurement systems and procedures. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (detailed company profile, description of similar assignments, experience with similar organizations in similar environments and conditions, evidence and familiarity with international organizations, managerial and technical capability of the firmsí principals and directors, etc. Qualification and experience of staff that may be proposed by the consulting firms expressing interest as those who will actually carry out the assignment will not be considered at this stage of the selection process) ...
What can agriculture do for nutrition?
01 April 2016
The Agriculture to Nutrition (ATONU) project seeks to answer this question. Managing Director Mr Simbarashe Sibanda explains how the project aims at bringing together various actors in agriculture, nutrition and health - which stand at the nexus of successful agriculture-nutrition interventions.
This question almost sounds paradoxical. So why ask? The challenge of malnutrition is inter-generational, but there are possibilities for us to address the problem. Malnutrition has been identified as one of the "wicked" problems of our generation, which can only be addressed through a multi-sectoral approach. Addressing this problem underpins Africa's socio-economic growth, ensuring that our people remain a vital resource for development ...
International Conference on Agribusiness AFMA conference 2016
20 November 2016 - 24 November 2016
The Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius will be hosting an International Conference on Agribusiness in collaboration with the AFMA (Africa Farm Management Association) from 20th-24th November 2016 under the main theme"Sustainable Agricultural Development: Innovation Systems Approach for Agricultural Transformation in Africa" and sub themes (not exhaustive) as follows: ...