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Barrier Analysis on Maize Harvest and Post-Harvest Practices

Mercy Corps
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Evaluations and Research

Mercy Corps Guatemala carried out a Barrier Analysis survey to identify what prevents vulnerable families from adopting good agricultural practices, specifically during harvest and post-harvest, to prevent mycotoxins (the toxic chemical produced by fungi) in maize, which contribute to chronic malnutrition. The Barrier Analysis results supported efforts to identify, develop, and promote low-cost practices, including through improved harvesting, storage, and food preparation, to significantly reduce the contamination risk from mycotoxins.