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Development of the Peanut Industry in Northern Haiti

Last Friday, Dr. John Damicone, Professor of Entomology and Plant Pathology, gave a presentation “Development of the Peanut Industry in Northern Haiti.”

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Last Friday, Dr. John Damicone, Professor of Entomology and Plant Pathology, gave a presentation “Development of the Peanut Industry in Northern Haiti.” 

The work is funded by USAID Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP). One of the project aims is to increase peanut production in Haiti. In addition to increasing peanut production in Northern Haiti, one of the program objectives is to reduce aflatoxins in peanuts. Aflatoxin is a mycotoxin produced by fungi species Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. If ingested, aflatoxins can interfere with the immune system, cause stunting in children, and can be very destructive to the liver. 

Peanuts affected by aflatoxin in Haiti have been used in the preparation of a nutritious peanut paste used to combat malnutrition. This peanut paste is more effective than standard milk supplements. Despite the availability of aflatoxin-free peanuts in the U.S. and other countries, using locally grown peanuts in the nutritious peanut paste is paramount to Haitians. 

You can read more about "The Peanut Solution" via the New York Times article by Andrew Rice.  



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