Grain merchants being trained on post-harvest handling and storage to avoid contamination in Zaria. PHOTO: IBIROGBA Food grain contaminants, especially aflatoxin, fumonisins and aluminum, have been pinpointed as factors in serious health issues such as cancer, immune system suppression and stunted skeletal growth in infants.To minimise contamination and ensure safety of food, farmers, grain aggregators, traditional rulers and input dealers are being trained on good farming, post-harvest and storage good practices to minimise high levels of contaminants, including aluminum, found in most grains in the country. Kaduna State becomes the pilot state on account of being the largest maize producer in the country, with the project interfacing and educating about 28,000 stakeholders in the grain value chains. The Feed the Future Nigeria and Nestle Maize Quality Improvement partnership is a project being implemented by CNFA and revolving around enhancing quality, safety and transparency in Nigeria’s grain supply chain through a whole-of-supply-chain approach. The objective is to improve agricultural practices of small-scale farmers and farmers’ associations, thereby enhancing relationshi...