DO YOU HAVE A DISRUPTIVE food/Non Food SOLUTION for an aflatoxin-free food system?
Aflatoxins, toxic metabolites of Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus fungi, are one of the greatest risks to food security in developing countries. Over 4 billion people are at risk of chronic exposure to aflatoxins through contaminated foods. Significant health problems caused by aflatoxins include acute liver damage and liver cancer. Aflatoxins may be also involved in immune suppression, and growth impairment in children.
Aflatoxins significantly impact trade and economy. Inability to achieve import standards can create barriers to the development of sustainable agriculture, e.g., Africa loses approximately US$670 million annually in lost trade to Europe alone as a result of raw materials failing to meet EU import standards. High yield crop years can often result in even more waste due to limited storage facilities and an inability to export. Economically viable alternative uses of contaminated products could mitigate these economic losses for farmers unable to sell on market, and reduce the risk that they are consumed (through own production or sales within less controlled markets).
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), in collaboration with Sight and Life Foundation, Mars, Incorporated and Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN), is inviting ideas from students and young professionals who can design an innovative product, service, technology, application or approach for reducing or eliminating exposure to aflatoxin-contaminated foods and feed.