The purpose of this project was to develop, validate and promote improved quality assurance systems for fresh produce important to the poor. Project R7528 was badly affected by the collapse of the economy and continuing political instability in Zimbabwe. However, thanks to the efforts of the team in Zimbabwe, diversification of work into Kenya and development of strategic activities in the UK the following outcomes were still achieved: An improved understanding of producer practice and risks associated with smallscale vegetable production in Zimbabwe and Kenya, and methods for minimising these risks; A validated food safety management system for small-scale French bean farmers; An improved understanding of the viewpoints and motivations of consumers in low income groups in Harare with regard to food safety of vegetables; An improved understanding of the shortcomings of many laboratories in developing countries, especially with regard to complex chemical analyses; An experimental system for detection of E.coli in fresh produce within 0.5-5 hours using calorimetry.
Graffham, A.; Nenguwo, N.; Yuba, T.; Chakanyuka, K.; Mharapara, O.; Mathooko, F.; Mlambo, B. Improving quality assurance systems for fresh fruits and vegetables produced by peri-urban resource poor farmers in Zimbabwe. Project Evaluation Report. (2003)