"AflaSTOP: Innovations in Portable Drying Technologies" and "Hermetic Storage: Save Money, Safe Food" Briefs
The United States Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have partnered to co-fund the AflaSTOP: Storage and Drying for Aflatoxin Prevention project. AflaSTOP is leveraging scientifically rigorous research and human-centric design, grounded in marketplace realities, to support post-harvest storage solutions and to develop and commercialize new drying technologies in order to prevent and control the spread of aflatoxin in maize.
The "AflaSTOP: Innovations in Portable Drying Technologies" brief highlights AflaSTOP’s design and business model development process, spotlights the EasyDry M500, and reflects on the scale up potential and next steps for full market diffusion.
"Hermetic Storage: Save Money, Safe Food" explores the important role of hermetic storage with respect to aflatoxin, while also highlighting its relevance to other critical development concerns such as reducing post-harvest losses and supporting commercial solutions. It presents four evidence-based benefits of hermetic storage, building on the investments of USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Kenya through the AflaSTOP program.