Kenyan maize poison means many face starvation

Despite a bumper harvest of maize just a few months ago, many residents in the eastern part of Kenya are facing hunger and starvation. While granaries in the region may be full, the grain cannot be freely sold. Aflatoxins, known in the region as ‘mbuka’, have affected nearly all the residents of Kenya’s Eastern Province. Aflatoxins are toxic, carcinogenic byproducts of fungi that colonise maize and groundnuts, among other crops. It is poisonous to humans and animals. Kenya’s government offered to purchase all the contaminated maize harvested from the region at less than half the market price, in order to destroy it. Read more here.

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