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Video posted of aflatoxin meeting in Brussels

A video of a recent round-table discussion titled “Building a multi-stakeholder approach to mitigate aflatoxin contamination of food and feed” held in Brussels on 25 January is now online.

Dozens of experts from Europe, Africa and the U.S., representing the public agencies, the private sector and NGOs attended the one-day session

Go to the Management of Aflatoxins in Africa Working Group’s streaming page to listen to what the aflatoxin experts had to say at the meeting.

Feed the Future partner meeting in Haiti postponed

A regional partners meeting of Feed the Future Innovation Labs planned for early next month in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has been postponed.

Originally set for Feb. 1 and 2, the meeting was called by the Bureau for Food Security, Office of Agricultural Research and Policy, to bring together mission agriculture, food security and nutrition staff from Latin America and the Caribbean.

The meeting likely will be rescheduled for this spring.

Online leadership program open to officials in Africa

The online course “Leaders of change: Helping African policymakers develop their capacity to promote the use of knowledge in policy” is starting on March 28.

The deadline to submit applications is March 2.

Politics & Ideas, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP ) and INASP will support, with full scholarships, the involvement of those public officials from Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe interested in promoting the use of knowledge in their organizations through their participation in this online course. Space is limited

For further information on the course’s background, objectives, learning methodology and content structure go to the Call for Applications page.

For additional information email

Ag innovation grant available through SEED Foundation

SEED (Sow and Encourage Economic Development) Foundation is taking 2016 grant proposals for pilot projects that are based on an innovative agricultural development in one of the program’s target countries in Africa.

The call for proposal aims at financing the pilot phase of an innovative project. Therefore, SEED Foundation takes the role of an incubator to allow, by leverage, the pursuit of the other phases of the project. (more…)

Farmforce webinar explains new tool for outgrower traceability

A representative from the Syngenta Foundation will present information about Farmforce, a software and mobile app that provides electronic traceability on the farm and improves overall information management for outgrowers, in a webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

Farmforce was developed by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Development and is being commercialized in Guatemala with support from Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation. Designed specifically for smallholder farmers, Farmforce uses mobile technology to make traceability and compliance with global standards fully integrated with outgrower schemes and smallholder production. Farmforce improves outgrowers’ efficiency and ensures continuing access to key export markets for smallholder farmers.

Spencer Morley of the Syngenta Foundation will explain how Farmforce benefits businesses and farmers, then answer questions.

Go to Feed the Future’s Partnering for Innovation page to register.

Mars, Tata Trusts to work on aflatoxin control in India

Mars has made another partnership to work on aflatoxin control, this time in India.

The company announced a collaboration Wednesday, Jan. 6 with the Tata Trusts, one of the oldest and most influential philanthropic organizations in India, to work to find solutions to malnutrition and improving food safety.

Mars will draw on the Global Food Safety Center in China which opened in 2015 as partners in India tackle aflatoxin – a naturally occurring, poisonous chemical that affects raw materials such as the peanut, a key crop in India’s food supply chain. (more…)