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Why use Aflasafe?

Short two-minute play in Pidgin using drama to show the benefits of using Aflasafe to fight aflatoxin in Nigeria.
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Short one-minute play in Pidgin using drama to show the benefits of using Aflasafe to fight aflatoxin in Nigeria.
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A short and entertaining play on the benefits of using Aflasafe to fight aflatoxin in food, in Hausa and Igbo Pidgin.
A short and entertaining play on the benefits of using Aflasafe to fight aflatoxin in food, in Hausa and Igbo Pidgin.
A short and entertaining play on the benefits of using Aflasafe to fight aflatoxin in food, in Tiv and Pidgin.
A short and entertaining play on the benefits of using Aflasafe to fight aflatoxin in food, in Tiv and Yoruba Pidgin.

How to use Aflasafe

Short two-minute play in Pidgin using drama to show the benefits of using Aflasafe to fight aflatoxin in Nigeria.
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Short one-minute play in Pidgin using drama to show the benefits of using Aflasafe to fight aflatoxin in Nigeria.
Watch on YouTube
Detailed step-by-step instructions on using Aflasafe to safeguard against lethal aflatoxin. Includes dos and don'ts to maximise its effectiveness and efficiency.
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Hausa step-by-step instructions on how to use Aflasafe to protect your groundnuts and maize from deadly aflatoxin. Includes dos and don'ts to maximise its effectiveness and efficiency.
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Igbo step-by-step instructions on how to use Aflasafe to protect your groundnuts and maize from deadly aflatoxin. Includes dos and don'ts to maximise its effectiveness and efficiency.
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Pidgin step-by-step instructions on how to use Aflasafe to protect your groundnuts and maize from deadly aflatoxins. Includes dos and don'ts to maximise its effectiveness and efficiency.
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Yoruba step-by-step instructions on how to use Aflasafe to protect your groundnuts and maize from deadly aflatoxin. Includes dos and don'ts to maximise its effectiveness and efficiency.
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A brief, straightforward guide for Nigerian farmers on Aflasafe, aflatoxin, and how to use Aflasafe safely and effectively, in English.
A brief, straightforward guide for Nigerian farmers on Aflasafe, aflatoxin, and how to use Aflasafe safely and effectively, in Hausa.
A brief, straightforward guide for Nigerian farmers on Aflasafe, aflatoxin, and how to use Aflasafe safely and effectively, in Yoruba.
A short and entertaining play on the benefits of using Aflasafe to fight aflatoxin in food, in Hausa and Igbo Pidgin.
A short and entertaining play on the benefits of using Aflasafe to fight aflatoxin in food, in Hausa and Igbo Pidgin.
A short and entertaining play on the benefits of using Aflasafe to fight aflatoxin in food, in Tiv and Pidgin.
A short and entertaining play on the benefits of using Aflasafe to fight aflatoxin in food, in Tiv and Yoruba Pidgin.
A detailed training manual for West Africa on using Aflasafe and protecting crops from aflatoxin.
A brief, straightforward guide in Pidgin for farmers in Nigeria on Aflasafe, aflatoxin, and how to use Aflasafe safely and effectively.
A brief, straightforward guide in Igbo for farmers in Nigeria on Aflasafe, aflatoxin, and how to use Aflasafe safely and effectively.
A detailed training manual for West Africa on using Aflasafe and protecting crops from aflatoxin.

Economics and policy

August 2018

Aflatoxin is an invisible poison produced by the fungus Aspergillus flavus, which resides in soil and infects crops in the field. This toxic chemical, common in grains and other food crops, is a significant threat to food safety and security...

Press cuttings

June 2019

The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has advised maize and groundnut farmers to use Aflasafe technology to control aflatoxin. Aflasafe is a biological control product designed to effectively reduce Aflatoxin in the field...
The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has trained over 100 local producers in the South-South geopolitical zone on ways to produce quality and hygienic products free from Aflatoxin and Mycotoxin contaminants...
THE International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Harvest Field industries on Monday sensitised farmers on Aflasafe which is a chemical used to control aflatoxin which contaminates Maize and groundnut while in the farm...
Farmers under the aegis of Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN) have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to critically look into their major concerns in his second term in office...

May 2019

You can’t see or smell them, but aflatoxins are one of the world’s most carcinogenic substances. They are produced by a group of molds known as the Aspergillus fungi that often contaminate grains, such as maize. Aflatoxin-contaminated food can increase the risk of cancer and is associated with childhood stunting...
The Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN), has disclosed that government’s intervention in the agricultural sector has increased their yields from eight million MT in 2015 to 20 million MT in 2018, hence the importation of Maize will not be needed...
The Federal Government earned about N1.3 billion from concession of about 19 Grain Reserves Silo Complex to the private sector. Besides, it would also earn about N10.4 billion from the concessionaires, as they are expected to pay as yearly concession fee of N3.4 billion and another N6billion as share of profit...
NTA News bulletin on rejection of maize exports due to aflatoxin contamination and how Aflasafe can prevent it. (Video via Musa Baba Aliyu/YouTube)
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has announced the concessions of 20 silos to private investors will bump Nigeria’s annual revenue up by N6 billion. The concession of the government grain houses is an actualisation of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) on Silo program...
ABUJA – The Federal Government would earn about N9.4 billion as annual concession fee from seven companies it has concessioned 19 Grain Reserves Silos Complexes in the country. These companies are expected to pay an annual concession fee of N3.4billion and another N6billion as profit share...
The Nigerian Cabinet has approved the sum of N9.7 billion for the purchase of grains for storage in silos across the country. Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Audu Ogbe disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents on the outcome of this week’s Cabinet meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari...
ABUJA-THE Federal Government on Wednesday said that the country has saved $21 billion on imports in the last three and half years. The Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chief Audu Ogbe disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting...

February 2019

Prof. Austine Omoigberale, the President, Paediatric Association of Nigeria, has warned against over consumption of groundnut, saying it is contaminated with aflatoxin, a toxic fungi. Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by some molds in crops, especially peanuts...

November 2018

Agricultural experts have raised the alarm over the outbreak of aflatoxins in agricultural produce in Nigeria, saying that if the disease is not tamed, it could fuel food crisis and security in Nigeria...

October 2018

Jimoh Babatunde writes on the recent move by AUC to tackle the challenges of aflatoxin as stakeholders gathered in Dakar, Senegal for the 3rd Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) Partnership Platform Meeting (PPM) recently...

September 2018

It is not uncommon to see a photo of a hungry, malnourished child. The images are always striking while eerily similar; visibly malnourished, emaciated, disappearing frames with death in their eyes. This is the face of world hunger, and Nigeria has millions of these faces—victims of starvation and food insecurity...

July 2018

About a month ago, I felt the need to take a breather from the chaos that can be Lagos and go on a solo road trip through Oyo state. With luck, I was able to book a room at IITA, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture...

April 2018

President of Harvestfield Industries Limited, Martins Aderemi Awofisayo, an indigenous agro and healthcare company recently signed-in by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, for the manufacture and distribution of Aflasafe...
The AgResult Aflasafe Pilot Project of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, on Thursday began the training of maize farmers on the use of Aflasafe control and strategies to ensure stability in business...
Nigeria has taken a giant stride in the fight against Aflatoxins in food. Aflatoxins are toxins produced by certain fungi that are found on agric crops, such as maize (corn), peanuts, cotton seed, and tree nuts...
The AgResults Aflasafe Pilot Project of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, has commenced the training of maize farmers on the use of aflasafe control and strategies to promote stability in the production of the crop...
The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture has said that maize farmers who use Aflasafe system in the production of the crop this year will benefit from an incentive package worth N500m. Aflasafe is a fungus-based biocontrol product developed by IITA and cuts aflatoxin levels in maize and groundnuts by 80 per cent to 100 per cent...
Studies have shown that consuming a handful of nuts a day can improve the quality of sperm in men, but eating nuts with aflatoxin can be fatal. Yes, groundnut, which contains zinc that helps improve sperm quality is also highly susceptible to aflatoxins...

March 2018

An indigenous agro-allied and healthcare company, Harvestfield Industries Limited, has pledged to return Nigeria to the days of the Kano groundnut pyramids...
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, developers of Aflasafe, has signed a Technology Transfer and Licensing Agreement with Harvestfield Industries Limited, Nigeria to manufacture and distribute Aflasafe in Nigeria...
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, developers of Aflasafe, has signed a Technology Transfer and Licensing Agreement with Harvestfield Industries Limited, Nigeria produce and distribute Aflasafe in Nigeria...

February 2018

Harvestfield Industries Limited has moved to curb aflatoxin in maize that forced regulators to confiscate grain and prevent its entrance into the market. Aflatoxins are poisonous and cancer-causing molds that can lead to stunting in children and severe health problems in adults...
The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, says the state government set aside N500m for loans to assist Local Govt farmers, adding his government would work with officials of the Nigeria union of local government employees to facilitate access to the loan...
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)-developed crop protection and treatment product, AFLASAFE, is going commercial following the successes recorded on full field trials nationwide...
A firm, Harvestfield Industries Limited, has moved to curb aflatoxin in maize that forced regulators to confiscate grain and prevent its entrance into the market...
Harvestfield Industries Limited says it has embarked on a nationwide farmers’ awareness programme on how to apply a new product on their crops for effective control of aflatoxin in maize and groundnuts...

January 2018

The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) has claimed that Nigeria loses about $155 million and 5,000 persons to liver cancer yearly, while Africa loses $670m to the scourge...
Abuja — The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) has claimed that Nigeria loses about $155 million and 5,000 persons to liver cancer yearly, while Africa loses $670m to the scourge...

December 2017

Poultry fed with maize that had been treated with aflasafeTM – a biocontrol product for controlling aflatoxins – experienced reduced mortality in addition to other benefits, according to a new study by scientists from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the University of Ibadan...
The Federal Government is planning to set up a world-class laboratory for screening and testing agricultural produce before exportation to other countries. Upon establishment, the laboratory would limit incidences where export-target countries reject the country’s agriculture products due to spoilage...

November 2017

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development says it has provided 6,975 different agro-chemicals and 48,334 pieces of agricultural equipment for sale to farmers in Ondo State. Mrs Funke Omagbemi, the state Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development...
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development says it has provided 6,975 different agro-chemicals and 48,334 pieces of agricultural equipment for sale to farmers in Ondo State. Mrs Funke Omagbemi, the state Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development...

September 2017

An innovative product, Aflasafe, for use by maize and groundnut farmers has been developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)...
Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on Monday, appealed to the Federal government to locate a Commodities Certification Center in Kano, to assist farmers in the state to promote quality of their produce...

August 2017

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has called to the Federal government to locate a Commodity Certification Center in Kano, to assist farmers in the state to promote quality of their produce. He noted that the mainstay of the state’s economy was agriculture...
During the flag-off of the nationwide advocacy on agricultural quality control and standardisation on Monday, the Nigeria Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, ably represented by a Director in the ministry, Aminu Babandi, has disclosed that commodities certification centres will soon be established in six geopolitical zones...
The Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, said the federal government will soon establish commodities’ certification centres across the six geo-political zones to aid certification and standardisation...

July 2017

High Aflatoxin level is responsible for the loss of millions of naira which Nigeria could have made from groundnut export if the country’s aflatoxin level are well below safe levels, say researchers. According to the United states National Cancer Institute, aflatoxins are a family of toxins produced by certain fungi...

June 2017

To stem the tide of diseases ravaging maize, which had made it difficult for maize produced in Nigeria to penetrate the international market, the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in collaboration with KIFFCO Project, yesterday, sensitised farmers on how to produce toxic free maize...
As the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA, marks its 50th anniversary, the Institute on Thursday inaugurated a new research station in Ago-Owu in Osun State, Nigeria, as part of efforts to expand its research agenda and create impact at farm level...

April 2017

The Kaduna State Commercial Agricultural Development Projects (CADP) has disbursed N811.6 million to 3,401 farmers’ groups to finance their agribusinesses. Aliyu Saidu, Communication Officer of the CADP disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Kaduna...

March 2017

Nigeria’s groundnut and maize produce has been locked out of lucrative external markets the country once enjoyed because they contained aflatoxin levels above the permissible thresholds. This has devastated what was once a golden era for the country’s groundnut exports...

February 2017

Despite the searing heat, Nigeria farmers are back to the land, preparing their farms for the cultivation of this season’s crops. As I suggested in this column last Thursday, under the title AGRO-DOLLAR RAIN ABOUT TO FALL IN NIGERIA, more rice and maize, in particular, should be produced...

Research publications

Field efficacy of a mixture of atoxigenic Aspergillus flavus Link:Fr vegetative compatibility groups in preventing aflatoxin contamination in maize (Zea mays L.)
Atehnkeng, J, Bandyopadhyay, R, Cotty, PJ & Ojiambo, PS (2014). Field efficacy of a mixture of atoxigenic Aspergillus flavus Link:Fr vegetative compatibility groups in preventing aflatoxin contamination in maize (Zea mays L.). Biological Control, 72, pp. 62–70.
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