New technology: Aflatoxin detection

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The Solutions:

New Farming Technologies developed and implemented.

Aflatoxin  is an invisible disease on crops that produces poisonous toxins.
ICRISAT invented an aflatoxin testing kit, called ELISA, at drastically lower costs. It is affordable by poor farmers, needs only basic laboratory facilities and uses chemicals easily available in developing countries. The kit reduces the cost of testing from $25 to $1 per sample.

The Impact:

– Malawi regained its groundnut export to Europe,  a lucrative market which it had lost because of aflatoxin.
– In just one area of Malawi,over 4,000 farmers are now exporting groundnuts to Europe under the fair trade agreement.
– Many other countries are now also using the kit.

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