- Publication date : 2023-01-09
Point Du Jour & Mundler. 2022. Factors influencing aflatoxin contamination in Haiti's peanut commodity chain, Caribbean Studies, Volume 50, Number 1, 127-148. https://doi.org/10.1353/crb.2022.0005
Aflatoxins in crops pose a risk to food safety and have been detected in samples of Haitian peanuts. Using an interdisciplinary commodity chain approach, this paper examines the factors that increase the likelihood of aflatoxin contamination in the country’s peanut supply. The results indicate that contamination risk is influenced by political, organizational, institutional, socio-economic, technological, and environmental constraints. A systemic analysis was performed to examine how such factors affect the quality of peanuts as they pass through the commodity chain. The results of our study offer broad insights into the challenges of preventing aflatoxins and protecting food safety in Haiti.