Danya Wins Research Support Contract for AflaSTOP Project
Nairobi, Kenya (July 9, 2015)—Danya International, Inc. (Danya), a communications, research, and technology company, recently won a contract to support the innovative operational research component of the Storage and Drying of Aflatoxin Prevention (AflaSTOP) project.
According to the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa, aflatoxin is “a naturally occurring, but highly toxic, substance caused by fungi. The toxin is linked to liver disease and cancer and associated with immune-system suppression, growth retardation, and death in both humans and domestic animals.” The AflaSTOP project aims to develop and commercialize new technologies for post-harvest storage and drying of staple crops to help prevent and control the spread of aflatoxin. AflaSTOP uses a market-led approach and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development via a consortium led by ACDI/VOCA. Consortium members are carrying out project activities in Kenya, with the intent that the innovations generated can be applied elsewhere.
Danya will design the multilingual assessment tools for small-scale farmers participating in the program, and process and analyze data collected from multiple rounds of surveys delivered regularly to Kenyan farmers. These actions will allow the AflaSTOP project to better assess how knowledge of aflatoxin as well as knowledge and experience of new storage devices influences farmers’ willingness to pay for storage devices, and what barriers they face that prevent them from upgrading their current storage techniques.
About Danya International, Inc.
Danya International is dedicated to making an impact in health, education, and food security. Danya is a leader in providing technology-enabled solutions by using innovative communications, evaluation, and technology programs. Danya is based in Silver Spring, Maryland, with offices in Atlanta, Georgia, and Nairobi, Kenya. To learn more about the company, visit www.danya.com.