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2016 First Planting of 240 new soybean lines in Yendi, Ghana

Carrie Miranda, a SIL researcher, will spend six months in 2016 and 2017 in Northern Ghana testing 260 new lines of low-latitude, low-processing soybeans bred in her team’s program in Costa Rica. Gathering scientific performance and yield data on these lines will give local plant breeders the needed information to make evidence based decisions on producing a low-latitude, high-yielding soybean variety for Northern Ghana. 

The test plots are located in three locations in Northern Ghana; Yendi, Nyankpala, and Wa. Within each of the locations, research will be conducted at a Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) station with matched plots in a local farmer’s field.

Through extensive experimental variety trials and research Sub-Saharan Africa can produce low-latitude high-yielding soybean varieties for the region. Increasing yields through improved and adapted materials would increase smallholder farmer productivity that in turn would increase incomes, reduce malnutrition, and promote economic development.