The Soybean Innovation Lab’s low-cost, small-scale and locally-produced soybean thresher reduces labor and time burdens for smallholder farmers, improves grain and seed quality, and reduces post-harvest losses. In 2016 the Soybean Innovation Lab trained local blacksmiths in Ghana on how to fabricate, market and sell the threshers and maintain and repair the machines for their clients. Three of the threshers produced during the training were distributed to women’s groups in northern Ghana to ensure the mechanization was accessible and useful for smallholder farming communities. Watch the video to hear women who used the threshers share their experiences about how this appropriate-scale mechanization has impacted their community. The video was produced by Viasat 1 News, Ghana.
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