Call edition 2012
A new edition of the Prize of the Belgian Development Cooperation has been launched. This call is open until March 31st, 2011. You can read in the regulations whether you comply with the criteria for participation.
Cereals and oilseeds are very important as food for man and livestock. In southern Africa lower quality - often fungi-infected - materials are usually used as feedstuff for commercial livestock. The infecting Aspergillus-fungi produce mycotoxin and these toxic substances are excreted partially with the milk. Early detection of noxious mycotoxin-concentrations is important for human health programmes, but often technologically complicated, time-consuming and expensive.
Through his research, Liberty Sibanda has contributed to the development of an easy-to-operate immunoassay in kit form, which allows cheap and fairly fast results (about 20 minutes). Milk products can already be tested at the farm, and rejected, if necessary.
In an economic system whereby local, small-scale agriculture is very important for cereals and milk products, such tests are very useful. As a matter of fact, research has been recommended for years by the FAO.