This project builds on research from a previous project: Mycotoxin Prevalence and Mitigation Measures in Ethiopia.
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In Ethiopia, milk plays a vital role in peri-urban and rural households by providing them with an important source of nutrition and income.
This project builds on the work of two other research projects funded by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems in Ethiopia (Linking Cattle Nutrition to Human Nutrition and Mycotoxin Prevalence and Mitigation Measures). Both projects address food safety hazards associated with the cattle value-chain.
Aflatoxins are fungal metabolites produced mainly by Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus that contaminate crops under favorable growth conditions. This new project, implemented by Kansas State University in partnership with Hawassa University, examines the prevalence of aflatoxins along the oil-seed cake livestock feed chain, including on smallholder dairy farms, to provide insight into the specific stages of production and transmission of aflatoxins that lead to high levels of contamination in livestock feed and milk in Ethiopia.
This research will provide the basis for identifying risk mitigation strategies in feed and in milk in two of Ethiopia’s vital milk-sheds, Addis Ababa and Hawassa. The information is necessary for the development of targeted data-driven measures to curb the production and transmission of mycotoxins in the livestock feed production chain.
This research project will establish on-farm baseline information for mycotoxins, with particular emphasis on aflatoxins, in livestock feeds containing oil-seed cake (i.e. cottonseed cake and noug cake) and in milk samples. It will investigate correlations between mycotoxin positive feed samples and milk samples (including presence and concentration). The project team is working on research objectives in two parts:
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This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Food Security under Agreement # AID-OAA-L-15-00003 as part of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. Additional funding was received from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.