The main aim is to secure the Ethiopian peanut food chain against high contamination with aflatoxin and hence reduce the health risk.
To achieve this goal, the project will develop tools, from farm to processing, with the long-term objective of obtaining almost 100% of peanut supplies for Hilina Enriched Foods Plc from local Ethiopian farmers.
The innovative approach adopted includes:
- Pre-harvest: agronomic recommendations/training for farmers to increase yield and reduce aflatoxins risk;
- Post-harvest: development of a vertical tray home-drying system and replacement of the current 'soaking' methodology with home-made mechanical shelling devices;
- Development of protection during transport; and
- Development of new peanut-based product lines with optimised sorting and recycling of the peanut waste.
The project will increase Ethiopian peanut productivity and thus secure increased local supply of high quality (low toxin) peanuts for Hilina Enriched Plc, which in turn will have beneficial impacts on the local rural economy and produce Plumpy’nut® to fight local malnutrition.
With this project, the Applied Mycology Group at Cranfield University is fulfilling the strategic aims of reducing food waste and improving people's wellbeing in one of the poorest countries of the world.