Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut is contributing to increased productivity and profitability of peanut production through research on improved peanut varieties and management practices, and to food safety by better post-harvest and processing technologies that can mitigate the negative impacts of contamination of peanut and other crops from toxins produced by soil-borne fungal pathogens (known as mycotoxins).

A rich source of protein and fiber, peanuts or groundnuts are a major part of the diet in much of the world. Working with scientists, students, farmers and private sector players in Haiti and four African countries, PMIL is making this major food source plentiful and safe. On the farm, researchers are testing solutions directly with growers, from improved varieties to better production practices and post-harvest technologies. In the marketplace, experts are assessing why naturally-occurring mycotoxin contaminates some food products and the best ways to control it. In the lab, scientists are developing tests to look for mycotoxins and looking for ways to stop them from developing in the first place.

Lead Institute
University of Georgia

Focus Countries
Ghana, Haiti, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia

US-based partners
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Focus-country partners
Beyond our Focus Countries, we have research partnerships in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Uganda. You can view all of our partners here.

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{Who We Are}

Our Researchers

            Renee Arias, Ph.D.

                        Institution: United States Department of Agriculture - ARS

                        Project name: RNAi Silencing of Aflatoxin Synthesis                   

            Rick Brandenburg, Ph.D.

                        Institution: North Carolina State University

                        Project name: Southern Africa Peanut Value Chain Interventions                   

            Boris Bravo-Ureta, Ph.D.

                        Institution: University of Connecticut

                        Project name: Southern Africa Pre-harvest Value Chain Analysis

            C. Michael Deom, Ph.D.

                        Institution: University of Georgia

                        Project name: Peanut Varietal Development

           David Jordan, Ph.D.

                        Institution: North Carolina State University

                        Project name: Ghana Peanut Value Chain Interventions                              

           Greg MacDonald, Ph.D.

                        Institution: University of Florida

                        Project name: Haiti Peanut Value Chain Interventions                      

           Nicholas Magnan, Ph.D.

                        Institution: University of Georgia

                        Project name: Interventions to Decrease Mycotoxin Risks

           Kumar Mallikarjunan, Ph.D.

                        Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

                        Project name: Mycotoxin Detection Options

          Mark Manary, M.D.

                        Institution: Washington University St. Louis

                        Project name: Malnutrition Interventions

          Peggy Ozias-Akins, Ph.D.

                        Institution: University of Georgia

                        Project name: Peanut Genomics

          Jia-Sheng Wang, Ph.D.

                        Institution: University of Georgia

                        Project name: Mycotoxin Detection in Dried Blood

          Haibo Yao, Ph.D.

                        Institution: Mississippi State University

                        Project name: AflaGoggles for Aflatoxin Detection

Overseas Partners

Burkina Faso  

University of Ouagadougou


            Crop Research Institute

            Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

            Savannah Agricultural Research Institute

            University of Ghana


            Med & Food for Kids


            International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

            Tamil Nadu Agriculture University


            Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

            Chitedze Agriculture Research Service

            International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

            University of Malawi


            Mozambique Agricultural Research Institute (IIAM)


            International Institute of Tropical Agriculture


            Senegal Agriculture Research Organization


            National Agricultural Research Organization

            National Crops Resources Institute

            National Semi Arid Resources Research Institute


            University of Zambia

{Work With Us}

Program Director: Dave Hoisington

                        Email: davehois@uga.edu (link sends e-mail)

Assistant Director: James Rhoads

                        Email: jrhoads@uga.edu


Dr. Dave Hoisington, Director of the Peanut Productivity and Mycotoxin Control Innovation Lab


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