New study links poverty to heightened levels of aflatoxin exposure

Many of the foods people depend on most for their sustenance, especially in low and middle income countries, can carry a silent killer: aflatoxins. These naturally occurring fungal toxins contaminate food crops, such as maize, groundnuts, tree nuts, and a range of other produce, and unfortunately, are not always easily detectable. The health effects of aflatoxin >> Read more

Improving nutrition in Kenya through farm and landscape modelling

Mary Adoyo* is a Kenyan smallholder farmer in the Masana sub-location of Vihiga county in Western Kenya. She manages the family farm alone while her husband works in Nairobi sending monthly remittances home. Their maize, grown on one acre, supplies her family with maize meal for only six months. Their farm also produces beans, bananas, >> Read more

The evolution of mainstreaming nutrition in Africa’s agriculture sector

Platforms for collective goals Periodically, the African Union (AU) releases declarations by the Heads of AU Member States on national commitments towards collective goals. That is—coordinated efforts by individual African nations towards common development goals for the continent and its regions. Against this background, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) was started based on >> Read more

How can irrigation water improve women’s empowerment and nutrition? An untapped potential for Africa south of the Sahara

In Africa South of the Sahara, where 329 million people lack access to improved water supply and 640 million do not have access to an improved sanitation facility, lack of reliable water services is a major stumbling block for health and nutrition, as well as a constraint for nutrition-sensitive agriculture. Laia Domènech was a Visiting Fellow >> Read more