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Aflatoxin and Gender

Aflatoxin and Gender

Posted by ktabaj on 15 Apr 2015


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?

Submit abstracts to First International PHL Congress

Posted by wozniak5 on 16 Apr 2015

Sounds like a really interesting event, and I'm sorry we missed it. My name is Kari Wozniak and I the Program Coordinator at the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss. I would like to invite TOPS, Mercy Corps, and anyone else with information on this topic to submit abstracts for the First International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention. The unique, high level event will convene the world's players for postharvest loss prevention for smallholders. Participants will be tasked with developing a road map for preventing losses globally. Full information can be found here:

Aflatoxins and Gender in Ag

Posted by INGENAES on 19 Apr 2016

INGENAES is looking at Aflatoxins and women in agriculture specifically in Zambia.

Dr. Juliet Akello from IITA will work with Dr. Alyson Young (UF) to host a workshop on aflatoxins and post-harvest practices May 3 for extension workers and farmers in Chipata District. Dr. Akello is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Pathology working on biocontrol methods for aflatoxin reduction in Lusaka.

The workshop will include sessions with information on aflatoxin reduction and participatory methods for extension officers and a session with farmers to provide information on post-harvest practices. For more information, please contact Alyson Young at


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