From July 8-9, 2015, USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub held a training and learning workshop with 25 key groundnut supply chain actors in Mozambique to develop a pilot in-shell groundnut trading model that will reduce post-harvest aflatoxin contamination of groundnuts. Presently, over 60% of contamination happens at the farm gate level due to poor post-harvest handling.
The aim is to transfer drying, sorting, and storage processes from farmers to traders and processors. It is believed that if proper drying and storage are done by traders and processors, it is possible to reduce aflatoxin contamination to levels below those required by the South African and European markets, the major consumers of Mozambican groundnut exports. Reduced aflatoxin contamination will open up demand for Mozambican groundnuts by opening up these markets.
The workshop discussed constraints and opportunities for in-shell groundnut trading and developed a model incorporating solutions to reduce contamination and quickly remove groundnuts from the farm. Two important issues were identified as crucial to the successful implementation of the pilot: correct pricing policies based on established fair grades for size and weight, as well as effective methods to sensitize farmers on the advantages of trading in-shell.
Photo: Trade Hub Expert Andrew Emmott making his presentation