Moldcid, an intervention by a German company is reported to be able to prevent mould growth on crops in store. It has as ia component , propionic acid, which is common preservative that is GRAS and constitute no danger to human health. The acid comes as a salt and so has no corrosive ability
For some time now, aflatoxin menace on crops in A frica is a source of concern
One advantage of MOLDCID is that no residual mouldiness is on the crops, in contrast to some ‘fungus fight’ biological control strategies

The effectiveness of this product will be assessed particularly the long term use , by farmers, exporters and other stakeholders before it can be totaaly embraced

NOV 2018


Few weeks ago m the social mdia was awash with videos of some youths spraying what was understood to be DDVP on dried beans
The chemical also called dichlorvos, is the culprit that sentenced Nigeria to about 4 year ban from the European Union. It will be recalled that DICHLORVOS, has been declared not safe in a EU document published in 2012. Having considered human and environmental risk assessment, the chemical was labelled as ‘showing potential and unacceptable RISK’ as a biocidal chemical.
By next year, 2019, the ba on Nigerian dried beans in EU is due for review. The present incident will surely put in focus Nigeria s seriuosness and readiness about being brought back to engage in fair international agro-trade . Measures put in place wil be reviewed. These principally are captured under the ZERO REJECT initiative driven by Federal Ministriesm like Agric and Health; and Agencies like UNIDO

It is clear that more attention will have to be on Extension measures that will spread the new interventions aimed at wholesome agro produce for local consumption and export

Dele FRapohunda
Nov 2018

Celebrating our star member—-Funmilola Asani

The Safe Food and Feed Foundation celebrates our star member Miss Funmilola Asani. As a young lawyer, she display a strong passion for volunteering and in a short time , made herself visible in the Foundation. She was a strategic player and organizer who made it possible for the ‘Train the Trainers’ workshop held early in the month
We recognize and are proud of her talent and drive, which are qualities that will always make her attractive to any international platform having human health development as its main goal

DF Oct 2018

Strategies for fighting aflatoxin—-

An award winning writer,Charles W. Schmidt, discussed the latest biological control measure aimed at fighting toxigenic strains of Aspergillus flavus, that produces aflatoxn. He discussed the collaboration between Dr Cotty and Dr Bandyophadyay

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DF 2018

Poverty and the consumption of unsafe food are relatives–News

The consumption of unsafe food items like the ones laden with aflatoxin and pesticides is a sign of malnutrition. Malnutrition itself is an emblem of poverty.

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DF Oct 2018


In 2014 there was a National Food Safety policy published by the Federal Ministry of Health. The document highlighted the risk associated with unwholesome food consumption and designed a road map for intervention.
Nigerians were then reminded that ‘governments need to give food safety just as much attention as they devote to quality and safety of pharmaceutical products; not everyone needs to take medicine every day but all people need food, each and every day’

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Is the govt making progress in the steps expected to be taken by all stakeholders ?
We need your feedback

DF Oct 2018


On Thursday 18 October, 2018 the Safe Food and Feed Foundation held a Train the Trainers workshop. It was to mark the International Day against Extreme Poverty, which was a day earlier, Oct 17. The consumption of unwholesome food is a form of malnutrition, which is an emblem of poverty

The one-hour event featured a lecture by Prof Dele Fapohunda. Participants, whose minimum qualification was a first degree, were drawn from the Remo District of Ogun state. Both youth and women were represented.

Participants were briefed on the role of mycotoxins, particularly aflatoxin, in human health and export value of commodities. They were told that the EU put in place a RASFF programme that monitors crop shipments destined for member countries. On many occasions exporting countries have had their products rejected at the point of delivery. Other contaminants like pesticides were mentioned and treated. Participants were informed that, at present, Nigeria is experiencing a ban on dried beans from the European Union, EU due to unacceptable levels of dichlorvos. The ban is due for review in 2019

The next workshop will treat Pesticides and with resource persons from government field officers, regulatory agencies and the academia

The workshop  will be continuous exercise

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There s the European Partnership Agreement EPA, that is on offer between the Eu and West African countries

Proponents believe that most of the issues of unfair agro-trade between Nigeria and the Eu and other countries can be solved if Nigeria is on board. They claim that some of the advantage3s include

·         Duty free – Quota free exports to the EU = making West Africa a hub for global trade and investments;

·         Stable regulatory framework for investors, reduced cost of doing business in West Africa and improved environment for Foreign and National Direct Investment;

·         Job creation, especially in value added products and services benefiting to free access to Europe and regional market;

·         Less imports dependence through the strengthening of value chains and manufacturing       opportunities;

·         Lower prices for West African consumers and industries;

·         Safeguards for West African agriculture and infant industries;

·         Simple and advantageous rules of origin (necessary to enjoy preferential treatment);

·         Trade Facilitation and Co-operation in customs procedures, standards, sanitary and     phyto-sanitary requirements;

·         Co-ordination on major trade-related policies (competition, public contracts,     investments, telecoms and services);

·         An EPA Development programme (PAPED) focused on regional integration, trade             infrastructure and competitiveness for which the EU has already committed €6.5 billion.


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Aflatoxin in food is a 44-year-old problem in Ghana. Aflatoxin is furtive – a hidden and silent killer. Aflasafe GH02 reduces aflatoxin by up to 100%.

Aflasafe unveiled! Showing off packs of Aflasafe GH02 at its launch in Accra, Ghana are (left to right, above): Dr Ranajit Bandyopadhyay, Principal Scientist (Plant Pathology) and Research Leader of the Africa-wide Aflasafe Initiative at IITA; Dr Seydou Samake, the USDA and USAID Regional Sanitary and Phytosanitary Policy Advisor; Mr Harry Bleppony, Deputy Director of Crop Services at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, representing Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the Minister for Food and Agriculture; Prof Richard T Awuah of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; and Mr Abdou Konlambigue, Managing Director, Aflasafe Technology Transfer and Commercialisation initiative, IITA.

ACCRA, GHANA, 29TH JUNE 2018 – With the official launch of Aflasafe GH02 in Accra today, Ghana joins the growing list of countries in Africa actively combating aflatoxin in food. Aflasafe GH02 is a product of, from, and for Ghana. An environmentally friendly all-natural solution to the scourge of aflatoxin, Aflasafe GH02 is formulated from four friendly fungi, all from Ghana.

Aflatoxin takes a heavy but hidden toll in Ghana, as elsewhere in Africa where people primarily eat – and depend upon – maize and groundnuts. These two crops, staples on many tables, are also the most vulnerable to aflatoxin contamination. The crunch is that aflatoxin is difficult to detect even when at lethal levels. Measured in parts per billion (ppb), this naturally occurring poison is tasteless, odourless and invisible to the naked eye: one ppb is akin to a single drop of water in an Olympic-size swimming pool.

Despite its invisibility, aflatoxin not a new topic in Ghana: it hogged the headlines in August–September 1998, sparking heated debate on kenkey causing cancer. This shone the spotlight on aflatoxin in food, leading to surveillance studies in maize and groundnuts, and products made from them. Some of these studies revealed levels approaching 4,800 ppb – far above the safety thresholds set by the Ghana Standards Authority of 15 ppb for maize and 20 ppb for groundnuts. These alarming levels clearly demonstrate that a majority of Ghanaians are unknowingly exposed to unsafe aflatoxin levels in the food they eat.

But Ghana is not alone. Aflatoxin is the culprit in at least 30% of liver cancers in Africa. The continent loses hundreds of millions of dollars each year in foregone export opportunities due to aflatoxin contamination.

What is singular about Ghana is how long the problem of aflatoxin in food has been known. “Aflatoxin was discovered in 1960 in the UK and the first published report from Ghana was in 1964,” revealed Prof Richard T Awuah of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in the keynote address. “Whether or not the product will be successful in Ghana will also depend in part on the publicity and perceptions we Ghanaians give it.” Clarifying that Aflasafe was not a genetically modified organism (GMO), Prof Awuah stressed the crucial role of the government and the media in shaping public perceptions and in creating awareness. He was closely involved in the development of Aflasafe GH02.

“Aflasafe GH02 will be a big relief for Ghana’s food chain,” said Mr Harry Bleppony, Deputy Director of Crop Services at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, representing Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the Minister for Food and Agriculture.

Representing the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Mr Harry Bleppony, the Deputy Director of Crop Services in the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), clarified that there was no lack of policies on aflatoxin. But he decried the lack of awareness on aflatoxin, particularly at the grassroots, and the need for evidence-based information. “When people see how hard aflatoxin hits them, they will take it seriously. Aflatoxin is a ‘slow poison’ – language that Ghanaians understand well. Aflasafe GH02 will be a big relief for Ghana’s food chain.”

Other senior officials who were also panel discussants included Mr Erasmus Ashun, Director for Agricultural Export Development at the Ghana Export Promotion Authority; Mr Roderick Dadey-Adjei, Head, Agro Products and Biosafety, Food and Drugs Authority; Mr Yusuf Dramani, Agri Supplier Development Agronomist for Nestlé, Central and West Africa; Mrs Janet Botwe, Head of the Food Crops Unit and Desk Officer for Cereals, MOFA; Mr Samuel Sey, Executive Secretary, Mr Masara N’arziki Maize Farmers Association; and Dr Rose Omari, Senior researcher at the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI).

Look out for these packs! All-natural Aflasafe GH02 is mostly sorghum by weight (over 99%), coated in friendly Ghanaian fungi that crowd out the aflatoxin producers. The sorghum keeps them going while they are getting established, and maize starch keeps them glued to the grain. Finally, blue dye distinguishes it from the sorghum we eat, and gives Aflasafe its distinctive bright colour.

Applied whilst the crops are still in the field, Aflasafe‘s four friendly fungi displace the aflatoxin-producing moulds in the field by simply first occupying and ‘colonising’ the space these poison-producers would otherwise occupy. Aflasafe was developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA–ARS) and KNUST.

When properly used, Aflasafe prevents crop infection and contamination, reducing aflatoxins by between 80% and 100% in maize, groundnuts and sorghum. With just 4 kilos of Aflasafe, a farmer can effectively protect an entire acre of maize, groundnuts or sorghum, and thereby meet stringent international and domestic aflatoxin standards. The result is more income for farmers, and better consumer health for all.

It has been a diligent journey to Aflasafe GH02 in both laboratory and field. In 2015 and 2016, the product was independently evaluated in more than 100 maize and groundnut fields in several districts in the Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

“Whether or not the product will be successful in Ghana will also depend in part on the publicity and perceptions we Ghanaians give it,” said Prof Richard T Awuah of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, stressing the crucial role of the government and the media in shaping public perceptions and in creating awareness of aflatoxin. He is pictured here (left) at the launch of Aflasafe GH02, with Mr Abdou Konlambigue, Managing Director, Aflasafe Technology Transfer and Commercialisation initiative, IITA.

The results? All the crops from Aflasafe-treated fields were aflatoxin-safe, with an extremely low range falling between zero and 15 ppb. This stood in stark contrast with crops from non-treated fields, whose aflatoxin content ranged between 8 and 939 ppb. The Aflasafe-treated crops met the standards of both local and international premium markets. Large-scale use throughout Ghana would see farmers produce aflatoxin-safe food, and thereby see all Ghanaians win, given the attendant benefits on health and potential wealth.

Approved by Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year, Aflasafe GH02 is now available in the country distributed by Macrofertil.

Currently, Aflasafe GH02 is being manufactured at IITA headquarters at Ibadan, Nigeria, from where it is imported into Ghana. “We are discussing with companies interested in local manufacture in Ghana,” revealed Mr Abdou Konlambigue, Managing Director of IITA’s Aflasafe Technology Transfer and Commercialisation initiative (ATTC). Aflasafe is also available in five other countries in Africa to date.


Media inquiries: Njeri Okono, Communications Specialist, Aflasafe Technology Transfer and Commercialisation initiative (ATTC)



About ATTC: The Aflasafe Technology Transfer and Commercialisation initiative (ATTC) implemented by IITA, identifies strategic options for partnership with private companies or government entities, executes those partnerships, and helps ensure the distinct Aflasafe products reach millions of farmers. The initiative will contribute to improved food safety and increased income for smallholder African farmers through using Aflasafe. ATTC’s target is to cover half-a-million smallholder hectares with Aflasafe in 11 countries where Aflasafe is − or is likely to soon be − a nationally registered product. These are Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. ATTC’s activities are geared to increase Aflasafe’s availability and accessibility, and to improve access to lucrative aflatoxin-conscious markets for maize and groundnuts. Download ATTC brochure

About KNUST: The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) aspires to be globally recognised as the premier centre of excellence in Africa for teaching in science and technology for development, producing high-calibre graduates with knowledge and expertise to support the industrial and socio-economic development of Ghana and Africa. Its aim is to advance knowledge in science and technology for sustainable development in Africa. KNUST provides an environment for teaching, research and entrepreneurship training in science and technology for the industrial and socio-economic development of Ghana, Africa and other nations. KNUST also offers community service, is open to all the people of Ghana and positioned to attract scholars, industrialists and entrepreneurs from Africa and the rest of the international community.



DF 9/2018

EU risks being left behind after GMO ruling–Opinion

A recent ruling in a respected Eu court has said that gene-edited crops fall under the same tough laws as GMOs. While good news for opponents of such products, it’s a setback for genetic research on the continent, says DW’s Fabian Schmidt.

Research and promotion of GM crops and organisms has been engulfed in controversies among scientists and agro stakeholders .

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