There are several aspects of increasing food productivity that this money addresses, including
- Supported the release of 34 new varieties of drought-tolerant maize
- Delivered vaccines to tens of millions of livestock
- Trained more than 10,000 agro-dealers to equip and train farmers
- Breaking down gender barriers so women farmers can increase productivity
- Controlling contamination that affects 25 percent of world food crops
- Creating an innovative system to monitor the effects of agricultural productivity on the population and environment
PACA aims to adapt proven solutions, and identify new ones, that will work for smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Comprehensive solutions will be developed, addressing the health, nutrition, trade, and agricultural impacts of aflatoxin. Solutions will include effective measures to control aflatoxin along the value chain, from crop production to processing, and food preparation to consumption. For instance, native strains of beneficial fungi have been shown to dramatically reduce the prevalence of aflatoxin in the field and in storage. Proper drying and storage can help further control aflatoxin. Many other measures can be taken to reduce aflatoxin exposure to local consumers and improve opportunities to sell aflatoxin-safe crops to markets, but measures need to be supported by appropriate policy and regulatory actions. It is expected that comprehensive and feasible solutions being developed for the African small farmer context will also be useful for other regions where aflatoxin is a problem.