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Project

Study of Technology’s Effect on Aflatoxin Levels of Peanuts in Ghana

Official Title
Study of Technology’s Effect on Aflatoxin Levels of Peanuts in Ghana
Location(s)
Northern Ghana, Africa
Dates
2/2016 – 12/2016
Market
International Development Practice Areas
Client
USAID
Sub To
University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.

The purpose of this project is to investigate the impact of technological and market aflatoxin mitigation interventions for peanuts using a randomized controlled trial (RCT) in Northern Ghana. Essentially, a randomly selected subset of study farmers are given the materials and the information necessary to adopt the technology, and the results of the adoption are studied.

Our experts worked with local experts to identify the preventative measures with the best potential to become long-term and affordable solutions. The project included a number of activities, which are listed below. The IMPAQ team cleaned and conducted an analysis of the end-line data collected.

  1. Setting up a lab at the University of Development Studies in Northern Ghana to accurately measure aflatoxin levels in groundnut samples,
  2. conducting a pilot of potentially aflatoxin mitigating technologies,
  3. carrying out a pilot of the marketing intervention,
  4. conducting a baseline survey covering 1,005 farmers located in eight districts in the Northern and Upper East regions of Ghana,
  5. carrying out information sessions where farmer received and were trained in the use of a proven aflatoxin mitigating technology,
  6. a post-harvest observation activity, and
  7. an end-line survey.