Tanzania Initiative for Preventing Aflatoxin Contamination (TANIPAC)$20 million to contribute to the agricultural sector growth, with a focus on preventing aflatoxin prevalence in Tanzania.
Tanzania is a leading producer of maize and groundnuts in the East African region, accounting for 2% of world production. They are the major staple food, and it is estimated that maize contributes to around 35% of the average daily calorie intake, making up nearly half of dietary requirements. More than half of Tanzanians live in the rural areas and depend on subsistence agriculture for their livelihoods. However, these crops are highly susceptible to fungal infestation and aflatoxin contamination which affects the health of consumers – aflatoxin is a known carcinogens and the leading cause of liver disease and liver cancer in Tanzania – and reduces the country‘s export earning potential.
The objective of the Tanzania Initiative for Preventing Aflatoxin Contamination (TANIPAC) project is to minimize aflatoxin occurrence
in the food system through an integrated approach in the maize and groundnuts value chains with the overall impact of improving food safety and food security, which will ultimately improve the health and nutrition of the communities, improve agricultural productivity, and boost trade. Through the infrastructure development component, TANIPAC rehabilitates the Bio-control Unit, establishes a postharvest center of excellence for grains, establishes a central agriculture reference laboratory for enabling mycotoxin control along the food production and supply chain, and constructs and equips two warehouses in Zanzibar and 12 on the Tanzanian mainland. The
project also carries out public awareness and education on the subject of food safety, nutrition, and aflatoxin mitigation. The private sector’s role in monitoring and quality control at all segments of the value chains is important. The project establishes partnerships with commercial buyers to support advocacy and disseminate new technology on both mainland and Zanzibar. The project expects to benefit
about 60,000 farmers in five regions of Tanzania’s mainland and two districts on Zanzibar.
The project is still in its early stage of implementation with no direct beneficiaries reported as of yet.
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