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Missionalia

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MBOYA, Rose. 'There is death in the pot! 'Exploring the agency of faith communities and the bible as an asset in addressing mycotoxin contamination of food and animal feed. Missionalia (Online) [online]. 2013, vol.41, n.3, pp. 256-269. ISSN 2312-878X.  http://dx.doi.org/10/7832/41-3-1.

This paper is an exploration of the contribution that faith communities can make towards stopping the vulnerability of poor communities to illnesses caused by the consumption of mycotoxin contaminated foods. Mycotoxins are associated with illnesses such as the dysfunction of organs and cancer. The article draws upon available literature, specifically from the author's study on home stored maize in Rungwe district, Tanzania in 2009, which revealed exceedingly high levels of mycotoxins in maize from subsistence farm households. Using the African Religious Health Assets Programme's (ARHAP) approach as a theoretical framework, the author argues for the engagement of faith communities and the Bible in stopping the consumption of mycotoxin contaminated foods.

Keywords : Faith communities'engagement; Food contamination; Poor communities' well-being; Awareness.

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