Supporting Innovations in Storage Management of Groundnuts
- The objective of the project is increase exports of Smallholder Groundnuts through Innovations in Storage Management by controlling and monitoring Aflatoxin during post-harvest storage. This will be achieved by introducing Ultra Hermetic Storage and Decentralized Aflatoxin Testing as methods of managing post-harvest aflatoxin development and by improving the tracking of groundnut stock to enable reliable monitoring of stocks along the route from field to export.
- The introduction of these new technologies will complement other efforts that are currently engaged in on managing aflatoxin, which include training of smallholder farmers in post-harvest management and buying nut in shell, which can be graded for aflatoxin risk before shelling. This project will be able to demonstrate a technology that could be scaled up nationally across other value chains for reduction of post-harvest losses in Malawi. The project will work with over 5,000 poor farmers and create over 70 new jobs.