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.