A friend in need is a friend indeed: Keeping your groundnuts free from aflatoxin contamination

| July 4, 2016

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Like this week’s story from Malawi, our Script of the week focuses on actions farmers can take to stop aflatoxin from contaminating their groundnuts.

A friend in need is a friend indeed is a four-part drama that includes a fictional interview with an agricultural scientist after each episode. The drama and the interviews focus on farming practices that reduce the risk of aflatoxin contamination in groundnuts. The drama and interviews reflect the situation in Malawi, but can easily be adapted to other African countries that grow groundnuts.

As well as its effects on human health—mentioned in this week’s story—aflatoxin contamination can have a serious economic impact. For example, Malawi had a thriving export trade in groundnuts until that market was lost because of high levels of aflatoxin contamination.

Aflatoxin contamination is especially serious because groundnut forms a major part of the diets of poor rural people as an affordable source of protein.

A friend in need is a friend indeed highlights the steps farmers can take to prevent aflatoxin contamination in groundnuts. The first episode concentrates on finding aflatoxin-free nuts for planting. Later episodes focus on ways to prevent aflatoxin contamination in the field and during harvest, storage, and marketing.