Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab

A blog about leading science in peanut and food security.

Q & A with Sylvia Baah-Tuahene: Assessment & Safety of Peanut Based By-Products from Peanut Oil Processing

Sylvia Baah-Tuahene is a PMIL supported student at the University of Ghana as part of a capacity building effort through the Ghana Peanut Value Chain Interventions project. She recently completed her MSc research on surveying peanut and peanut based products that are produced by women processors in three different regions in Ghana.

Her research thesis, “Assessment and Safety Improvement of Peanut Based By-Products from Peanut Oil Processing: Kulikuli and Khebab Powder,” provides an informative picture of the quality of peanut based products and where in the process aflatoxin contamination may be introduced and/or reduced.

Sylvia was co-supervised by PMIL Collaborator Professor Agnes Budu, and Prof. F. K. Saalia. She will graduate on the 13th of November 2015 with a Masters in Food Science.

Read Sylvia's interview.

Crop Science Society of America Announces Travel Grants to Two International Conferences

  • Pan African Grain Legume Research Conference, Feb. 28-March 4 in Zambia

Crop science graduate students: apply by Oct. 8, 2015 for ten CSSA-USAID Travel Grants, up to $3,500 each, to attend the 2016 Pan African Grain Legume Research Conference (PAGLRC), Livingston, Zambia, on Feb. 28-March 4, 2016. For the complete travel grant description including eligibility, and the online application,

8 October 2015 – Deadline for Applications

  • International Crop Science Congress, Aug. 14-19, 2016 in China

Crop science early career scientists and graduate students: apply for up to $10,000 in travel grants by Oct. 20, 2015 to attend the 7th International Crop Science Congress (ICSC), Beijing, China, on Aug. 14-19, 2016. For the complete travel grant description including eligibility, and the online application, visit:

20 October 2015 – Deadline for Applications


New Borlaug LEAP Fellowship Applications Now Available

The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) is currently accepting applications from sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to the US Government’s global hunger initiative — Feed the Future.  All topics related to agriculture (as defined by Title XII) and the Feed the Future initiative are admissible.
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PMIL Lead Scientist Peggy Ozias-Akins Quoted in UK Guardian Article on Future of Food

The future of food: from jellyfish salad to lab-grown meat
Published September 13, 2015 in the UK Guardian
Writer Nicola Davis

If there’s one commodity the food industry could be expected to shell out for, it’s hypoallergenic peanuts. An estimated 1.4-3.0% of children in western countries are allergic to them, putting the kibosh on the consumption of a host of comestibles. But if a small startup has its way, that could all change.
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USAID Online Training: Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Programming

USAID’s online training course on nutrition-sensitive agricultural programming, designed for USAID staff and external partners. It introduces the principles of nutrition-sensitive agriculture and how those principles can be applied to existing and future agriculture and food security programs. The course is intended for individuals that do not have a nutrition or health background who are working on any facet of an agriculture project.

This comprehensive three-hour course is explicitly designed to support the Feed the Future nutrition-sensitive agricultural programming guidance. Developed by the Bureaus for Food Security and Global Health, the course introduces the fundamentals of nutrition-sensitive agriculture and provides guidelines for practitioners to use when designing programs that promote access to nutrient-rich foods and dietary diversity.

More information is available at Agrilinks.

Q&A with Nick Magnan: Interventions to Decrease Mycotoxin Risks in Ghana

15926971226_bdfafa7e77_oDr. Nick Magnan is the Lead Scientist on PMIL’s, “Producer and Consumer Interventions to Decrease Peanut Mycotoxin Risks” in Ghana project. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in international development. Nick’s research focuses on agricultural decision-making and technology use—primarily by the rural poor in developing countries.
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