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Soybean, a New Technology for Development, A Center for African Studies Brown Bag Series Event

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Dr. Peter Goldsmith will present: Soybean, a New Technology for Development

This session will be held on the campus of the University of Illinois in the International Studies Building and streamed live online through GoToWebinar. Click here to register for the live stream!

Time: March 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Central Standard Time, Chicago, Illinois Time)

Location: Room 101, International Studies Building, 910 South Fifth Street, Champaign, IL 61820

This University of Illinois Center for African Studies Brown Bag Session features the Soybean Innovation Lab’s Director Dr. Peter Goldsmith discussing the role of soybean as a technology for development. Soybean, as a commercial, non-native, and non-staple crop, represents significant opportunities and challenges for smallholder farmers in Africa. This talk will delve into actual farmer practices to better understand how they grow this new crop, their level of success, and potential for sustained adoption. The talk will provide an avenue for discussion as to what makes soybean an appropriate crop for development, and how best to utilize soybean to assist small farmers in emerging from poverty traps.

Soybean has proven to be a markedly productive crop in many regions of Latin America, especially the tropics. Rural economic development associated with soybean value chains has been remarkable, far outstripping traditional crops and agricultural practices. At the same time, there are very serious tradeoffs involving land use changes, climate change, and biodiversity. These tradeoffs will serve as subject matter of the Third Annual International IFSI Symposium to be held on campus April 3-4, 2017 in partnership with the Woods Hole Research Center.

Recently USAID decided to explore the potential of soybean as a development crop in Africa. The University of Illinois serves as the lead institution in a $11.2 million dollar five year USAID program to support the development of soybean in the developing world, especially Africa.


Director, Soybean Innovation Lab