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.
TANIPAC employs an integrated approach in the maize and groundnut value chains to minimize aflatoxin occurrence in the food system, leading to improved food safety and security and ultimately to improved health and nutrition, agricultural productivity, and trade. Through its infrastructure development component, the project rehabilitates the National Bio-control Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, establishes a post-harvest center of excellence for grains and 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 Mainland with bio-control measures. The project also carries out public awareness and education on 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, so the project establishes partnerships with commercial buyers to support advocacy and disseminate new technology on both the Mainland and in Zanzibar.
TANIPAC is still in its early stage of implementation. To date, the project has benefitted 4,470 people, providing 50 with capacity development support. The project expects to benefit about 60,000 farmers in five regions of Tanzania’s Mainland and two districts in Zanzibar.
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