Special issue: Aflatoxins in eastern Africa


by kkeeton | August 11, 2016

A newly released special issue of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Development (AFJAND) focuses entirely on addressing the growing aflatoxin problem in eastern Africa. The special issue, Volume 16 No.3, was compiled by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) with contributions from several A4NH researchers, and contains 12 peer-reviewed articles on a range of topics related to understanding and addressing aflatoxin contamination in countries throughout eastern Africa.

Under the flagship on agriculture associated diseases, A4NH research offers insight into the most effective ways to control food safety risks, such as aflatoxin contamination. This work includes coordinating closely with groups committed to addressing this problem, such as the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), as well as support for scaling proven interventions to prevent contamination in the first place, including the aflasafe biocontrol method.

All articles within the new special issue on aflatoxins are freely available for download via open access. They may be found on the AJFAND website, and at the below links.

Editorial: Johanna Lindahl, Delia Grace, Jagger Harvey and Erastus Kang’ethe
Aflatoxins in East Africa: The importance of getting the full picture

  • Aflatoxin exposure among young children in urban low-income areas of Nairobi and association with child growth.
    Gideon M Kiarie et al.
  • Aflatoxin B1 occurrence in millet, sorghum and maize from four agro-ecological zones in Kenya.
    Anima Sirma et al.
  • Prevalence of aflatoxin in feeds and cow milk from five counties in Kenya.
    Daniel Senerwa et al.
  • Survey of informal milk retailers in Nairobi, Kenya and prevalence of aflatoxin M1 in marketed milk.
    Yumi Kirino et al. 
  • Assessment of pre-harvest aflatoxin and fumonisin contamination of maize in Babati District, Tanzania.
    Chacha Nyangi et al.
  • Aflatoxins and fumonisin contamination of marketed maize, maize bran and maize used as animal feed in Northern Tanzania.
    Chacha Nyangi et al.
  • Mapping aflatoxin risk from milk consumption using biophysical and socio-economic data: A case study of Kenya.
    Pamela Ochungo et al.
  • Examining environmental drivers of spatial variability in aflatoxin accumulation in Kenyan maize: Potential utility in risk prediction models.
    Laura Smith et al.
  • Kenya dairy farmer perception of moulds and mycotoxins and implications for exposure to aflatoxins: A gendered analysis.
    Teresa Kiama et al.

Potential of lactic acid fermentation in reducing aflatoxin B1 in Tanzania maize-based gruel.
Frida Nyamete et al.