The Peanut Collaborative Research Support Program (Peanut CRSP or PCRSP) supports joint research, technology development, and capacity development in eleven African and Latin American countries to boost productivity of peanut crops and increase the economic advancement of small-scale farmers. The Program has 21 active projects with diverse research themes. Presently, Peanut CRSP is paying special attention to the management, prevention, and consequences of aflatoxin. Program research has demonstrated that this toxin - a common contamination risk in many foods in developing countries, such as peanuts and maize - is associated with suppressed immunity, decreased nutritional status, and elevated HIV incidence.
For the past 10 years, Peanut CRSP has sought to achieve better production, markets, and health for consumers in developing countries. Many of the program's successes have required the integration of agriculture into public health goals, providing models with global application. At this seminar, Peanut CRSP Director Tim Williams discussed current research results and program expertise, focusing on how this information can be used by USAID’s Bureaus for Food Security and Global Health initiative.
Peanut Collaborative Research Support Program