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• Shared Value Initiative reports on a collaboration between USAID’s Feed-the-Future and Nestlé to improve agriculture practices in Nigeria, improving health and economic outlooks for small-holder farmers.
• What does this program tell us about the potential for public-private partnership, in the developing world and elsewhere? How can we use it as a model to foster change?
In Kaduna State, Nigeria, as in many parts of the developing world, post-harvest losses due to high levels of mycotoxins, such as aflatoxin, and other contaminants have plagued staple crops such as maize and soybean, making it much harder for small-holder farmers to earn a decent income. These mycotoxins also threaten the health and lives of humans and animals. These contaminants lead to cancer and fatal kidney and liver failure. In children, aflatoxin poisoning causes stunting, immune suppression, and even death.
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USAID’s Feed-the-Future has joined forces with Nestlé to reduce the deadly threat of these dangerous crop contaminants and improve nutrition in Nigeria. For the past three years, Nestlé has been working with Nigerian farmers to improve their farming practices, the safety and quality of their crops, and thus their health and incomes. This new public-private partnership managed by Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) and implemented by VEGA member Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is expected to significantly expand upon these efforts to generate shared value.
Read the full article about better nutrition in Nigeria by Alicia Dunn from Shared Value Initiative.
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