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Second Annual Soybean Kick-off Event: Showcasing Research-for-Development in Action

October 18, 2016 from 9am to 3pm at Tegbeer Catholic House, Wa, Ghana

 

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Join the Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL), the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) as they showcase the latest advances in soybean development in Africa. Enjoy a delicious soy lunch, tour the soybean SMART farm, see new high-yielding, locally adapted soybean varieties, taste locally produced soy products and watch demonstrations of the latest innovations in small scale mechanization.  

The Kick-Off event will begin with several tours to the surrounding research stations. Each stop will give guests a unique opportunity to see research-for-development first-hand, pose questions to researchers and voice their own needs and challenges in soybean production.

Tour stops will include:

Dr. George Awuni, researcher with the Soybean Innovation Lab, will showcase his SMART Farm test fields at the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute Wa station, where he is testing soybean agronomics and production including; variety trails, planting date, plant populations trials, and inoculum /phosphorus use.

Dr. Saaka Buah, with the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute Wa station will showcase his ongoing soil amendment trials focusing on different combinations of inoculant and phosphorus fertilizers on soybean at the SARI station.

Dr. Nicholas Denwar with Savannah Agricultural Research Institute, and Carrie Miranda, researcher with the Soybean Innovation Lab wil showcase the latest advancements in new, high-yielding, locally adapted soybean varieties currently in development at the SARI Station.

Flora Amagloh, food scientist with the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute and Mr. Baaru owner of Baaru Soy Beverages will showcase the role of soy in local Ghanaian foods and provide tastings of their soy products including; soy milk, soy donuts, soy chips and tofu kebabs. 

Following the tours, guests will enjoy a delicious soy lunch at the Tegbeer Catholic House in Wa.

The day will conclude with a mechanization expo showcasing low-cost soybean threshers, planters, and dibblers and demonstrations of the equipment in action.

The Kick-off Event brings together small-holder farmers, the private sector, researchers, development organizers, extensions and government agencies to learn about the innovation, knowledge and technologies underway to support soy production in Ghana!

For information about attending and to register contact, soybeaninnovationlab@illinois.edu