Peanut CRSP Program Support


The purpose of this project was to allot and provide funds for program support, which includes cost of board of directors and technical committee meetings, and for the external evaluation team activities.


The new phase was implemented in 2008. Much effort was required to put into place new projects and facilitate funding of awarded projects. Fiscal uncertainty relating to whether the program would be able to support all the projects intended resulted in the delay in the RFP for the processing sector projects, and the impact assessment project. Plans to update the web system were disrupted by staff loss and difficulties in recruiting a replacement programmer. The ME employed a student to undertake scanning of records into electronic format, and to assist the director in undertaking analysis of topics of interest.

Under the topics of interest, an analysis was started which tested the hypothesis that the consumption levels of aflatoxin prone foods would be correlated with the levels of mortality and morbidity associated with infectious diseases. Data was obtained from WHO and FAO and correlation between exposure risk and disease outcomes established. The result was that a strong association was discovered between HIV and maize consumption in Sub- Saharan Africa. Using liver and esophageal cancers as a signature of either aflatoxin or fumonisin, we established that the mostly important factor was fumonisin.

Lead Scientist

Dr. Jonathan H. Williams,
Director Peanut CRSP

Research Collaborator

Dr. Carolyn Fonseca,
Assistant Director Peanut CRSP


Griffin, GA USA

Research Location



09/26/2007 - 12/31/2012


Cross-cutting Information, Training, Management

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