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November 23rd, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

thumb.aspx Aflatoxin contamination is a growing threat to trade, food and health security in sub-Saharan Africa, where smallholder farmers are challenged by food production and now climate change. Aflatoxins are toxic and cancer causing poisons produced by certain green mould fungus that naturally occurs in the soil. The poisons have become a serious contaminant of staple foods in sub-Saharan Africa including maize, cassava, sorghum, yam, rice, groundnut and cashews. The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), based in Nigeria, has led pioneering research in reducing mycotoxin contamination in Africa through rolling out innovative approaches. Read more