Has anyone thought about the relationship between gender and aflatoxin in food production/consumption?
On Thursday, April 9th, TOPS hosted an Aflatoxin Knowledge Sharing event in Washington, DC. The event brought together a range of stakeholders (NGOs, government, private sector) from various technical areas (nutrition, agriculture, SBC) to hear about the latest research on aflatoxin and learn how Mercy Corps used a barrier analysis to learn more about addressing post-harvest practices for maize (resources from the event can be found here (TOPS Aflatoxin Event Materials).
Mercy Corps looked at one behavior addressing gender roles during their barrier analysis work – specifically, women’s actions to prepare maize for consumption and reduce the presence of aflatoxin. This led me to think about gender roles and the interrelated activities associated with the production and consumption of food potentially affected by aflatoxin. For example, how do program activities such as sharing information and demonstrating good practices in reducing aflatoxin contamination take into consideration whether our audience is men, women, or mixed?
What questions or examples do you have about gender roles and aflatoxin?