Our school

The Vice-Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Prof. Emmanuel Luoga, stated that the Mycotoxins Mitigation Trial Project findings would help show the link between fungal toxins and stunted growth in infants.

Prof. Luoga made the opening remarks on February 3, 2022, in Arusha during the meeting of Experts of the project.

"The main objective of this project is to validate using laboratory studies and experiments, the notion that intake of toxic foods above the long-term tolerance contributes to sustainability in infants," said Prof. Luoga.

He further clarified that the issue of stunting is a national catastrophe as defined in the "Tanzania National Nutrition Survey (TNNS, 2018) where it states 31.8 % of Tanzanian children are stunted, thus leading to poor mental and cognitive development.

"This study is beneficial for us scientists, veterans and the nation as a whole as it will provide valuable education to the nation and development partners in determining the whole issue of nutrition and health", addressed Prof. Luoga .

The Director of Kongwa District Council, Dr Omary Mkulio, said that the results and recommendations of the project would help advise the Government on how to solve the problem of fungal toxins in the country .

The Project Coordinator from the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Dr Neema Kassim, explained that preliminary research results of six-month-old infants showed a 20 % stunted stamina.

Dr Neema explains that the implementation of the project started in 2017 with about 52 health centres in Kongwa District where the performance of the first phase began in June 2017 to June 2018 and the second phase began in June 2018 to June 2022, intending to monitor food quality and growth an infant.

The Mycotoxins Mitigation Trial Project is implemented in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha, Cornell University in the United States and the Kongwa District Council in Dodoma.

Back to top