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Post-harvest practices for aflatoxin control: Evidence from Kenya.


ABSTRACT: We assess the impact of a package of post-harvest technologies on aflatoxin contamination of maize through a randomized trial in rural Kenya. Some elements of this package (training and provision of plastic sheets for sun-drying) were provided free of charge to all participants in treatment villages and were widely adopted. Others (a mobile drying service and hermetic storage bags) were provided free to a subset of randomly selected farmers in treatment villages while others had to pay. Overall, the intervention reduced aflatoxin contamination by over 50%. Most of this reduction appears to be due training and the use of drying sheets, the lowest-cost of all the technologies offered.

SUBMITTER: Pretari A 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC7001978 | BioStudies | 2019-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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