Following a series of aflatoxin trainings in Nampula, Mozambique, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub made a follow-up visit from September 6-13, 2015 to assess the success of the techniques trained and the possibility of scaling up. Eleven training forums were visited, which had trained 152 farmers, of which 107 were women.
The main message being communicated to the farmers was the effect of aflatoxin on their health and that of their animals. As a result, farmers are no longer eating contaminated nuts. In addition, the farmers are implementing the post-harvest technologies demonstrated by the Trade Hub on harvesting, drying, and storage. It was clear that the farmers realize improving the quality of their groundnuts will fetch higher prices in the market.
The assessment revealed that further training on nuts disposal, progress monitoring, and implementation supervision would be useful. All training forums expressed the need for further training.
Photo: Inspection of de-shelling machines at a training forum in Nametil.