Aflatoxins: The Climate, Gender and Nutritional Linkages

  • 29th September 2019
  • by secretary
12 September 2019. Aflatoxins: The Climate, Gender and Nutritional Linkages

In this webinar, panelists from the International Food Policy Research Institute, USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, Purdue University and the former chief economist of the World Food Program discussed how aflatoxins relate to climate change, gender and nutrition. It specifically addressed the following questions:

  • How might aflatoxin levels change for maize and groundnuts as a result of climate change? 
  • What are the key nutritional and gendered entry points to address aflatoxins? 
  • What are ongoing, key USAID interventions to address this challenge?

The webinar was hosted as part of the Gender, Climate Change and Nutrition Integration Initiative which aims to strengthen integration of climate, gender and nutrition interventions and data for more impactful development outcomes of USAID and partner interventions.


  • Elizabeth Bryan, Senior Scientist, in IFPRI’s Environment and Production Technology Division, will moderate the session
  • Meredith Soule, Technical Division Chief, Bureau for Food Security, will provide a short introduction to GCAN
  • Timothy Thomas, a Research Fellow at IFPRI, will present projections of aflatoxin concentration under climate change, work jointly developed with the University of Florida
  • Lynn Brown, an Independent Consultant and the former chief economist of the World Food Program, will discuss linkages of aflatoxins with gender and nutrition as well as potential solutions
  • Ahmed Kablan, Senior Nutrition and Food Safety Research Advisor, Bureau of Food Security, USAID, will discuss the Bureau’s approaches to tackling aflatoxin challenges, and
  • Jonathan Bauchet, Purdue University, will show results from a USAID-funded field experiment on interventions designed to reduce aflatoxin contamination among smallholder farmers

Reading materials

Brown, L. 2018. Aflatoxins in food and feed: Impacts, Risks, and Management Strategies. GCAN project note No. 9. Washington DC: IFPRI.

Thomas, T.S., R. Robertson and K.J. Boote. 2019. Evaluating risk of aflatoxin field contamination from climate change using new modules inside DSSAT. IFPRI Discussion Paper 1859. Washington, DC: IFPRI. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).


Mycotoxins. Impact and Management Strategies
Edited by Patrick Berka Njobeh ; Co-editor: Francois Stepman

Published: August 28th 2019

This Edited Volume Mycotoxins – Impact and Management Strategies is a collection of reviewed and relevant research chapters, offering a comprehensive overview of recent developments in the field of Mycotoxicology. The book comprises of single chapters authored by various researchers and edited by an expert active in this research area. This book is divided into three sections.

  1. Section 1 consists of one chapter that gives an overview of the socioeconomic impact of mycotoxins. 
  2. Section 2 has five chapters that address the prevention and control of aflatoxins both at pre- and post-harvest stages. 
  3. Section 3 has two chapters that deal with health impact and control in the poultry industry. This publication aims at providing a thorough overview of the latest research efforts in the field and opens new possible research paths for further novel developments in addressing the problem of mycotoxins.

  1. The Socio-Economic Impact of Mycotoxin Contamination in Africa – By Sefater Gbashi, Ntakadzeni Edwin Madala, Sarah De Saeger, Marthe De Boevre, Ifeoluwa Adekoya, Oluwafemi Ayodeji Adebo and Patrick Berka Njobeh
  2. Effect of Harvesting Time and Drying Methods on Aflatoxin Contamination in Groundnut in Mozambique – By Emmanuel Zuza Jnr, Amade Muitia, Manuel I.V. Amane, Rick L. Brandenburg, Andrew Emmott and Ana M. Mondjana 
  3. Preharvest Management Strategies and Their Impact on Mycotoxigenic Fungi and Associated Mycotoxins – By Lindy J. Rose, Sheila Okoth, Bradley C. Flett, Belinda Janse van Rensburg and Altus Viljoen – 
  4.  Biological Control of Mycotoxigenic Fungi and Their Toxins: An Update for the Pre-Harvest Approach – By Mohamed F. Abdallah, Maarten Ameye, Sarah De Saeger, Kris Audenaert and Geert Haesaert 
  5. Co-Occurrence of Mycotoxins and Its Detoxification Strategies – By Mateen Abbas
  6. Aflatoxin Management Strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa – By Titilayo Falade 
  7. Aflatoxins: Their Toxic Effect on Poultry and Recent Advances in Their Treatment – By Yasir Allah Ditta, Saima Mahad and Umar Bacha
  8. Control of Aflatoxicosis in Poultry Using Probiotics and Polymers – By Bruno Solis-Cruz, Daniel Hernandez-Patlan, Billy M. Hargis and Guillermo Tellez