MFK’s Worldwide Impact
In mid-October, our Agricultural Fellow, Alex Carroll, was invited by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) to speak at an event in Uganda describing MFK’s efforts to engage Haitian smallholder farmers in aflatoxin control. More than 35 people attended the event, including CEOs and program managers from various agricultural traders and processors, equipment suppliers, technical and financial service providers, and development organizations throughout Africa and beyond. While the event was focused on improving aflatoxin control in African countries, MFK’s model of aflatoxin control was named one of CTA’s Top 20 Innovations in 2016, and Alex was the only non-African presenter. MFK trains peanut farmers in Good Agricultural Practices, which result in lower aflatoxin contamination, and rewards them for implementing those practices with higher prices for their crops. Through our partnership with Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation, we have been able to scale up this model, impacting the entire peanut value chain in Haiti and moving MFK closer to its goal of sourcing 100% of its peanuts from Haitian farmers. MFK is proud of its agricultural team, past and present, its work with farmers, and its partnerships with Acceso and the Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab, among others, who contribute greatly to our success!
To learn more about the PACA/CTA event, including a link to MFK’s published report, click here: http://www.cta.int/en/article/2016-10-21/mitigating-the-consequences-of-aflatoxin-in-africa.html