Production Packages for Ghana

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Principal Investigator
David Jordan
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

Rick Brandenburg
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

Moses Brandford Mochiah
Plant Health Division of CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana

Mumuni Abudulai
CSIR-Savanna Agricultural Research Institute, Tamale, Ghana; or

Richard Akromah
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana;

Greg MacDonald
University of Florida, 3105 McCarty Hall, Agronomy Department, Gainesville, FL, USA

Maria Balota
Virginia Tech, Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Suffolk, VA, USA


Development and delivery of improved production and pest management packages to peanut farmers in Ghana

Area of Inquiry: Value-added Gains

Country focus: Ghana

Project length: 4 years

Budget: $499,535

Peanut yields continue to be low in Ghana compared with those of other countries where new technologies and resources are available to farmers. Food safety through aflatoxin contamination is also compromised in Ghana because of poor drying and storing techniques. Previous research through the

Peanut CRSP and PMIL focused on variety development, integrated pest management, and aflatoxin reduction throughout the peanut value chain. Deployment of new technologies in Ghana has been effective in some areas but continues to be limited across the country. A major challenge is a weak national seed supply chain that can deliver improved varieties and production packages that can increase yield, quality and farmer income. 

To address these and other important issues facing farmers and the agriculture sector associated with peanut, this project is focused on four objectives: improving and scaling-up production packages that improve peanut production and quality, evaluating peanut-cereal cropping intensity and sequence to promote increased income and food security, developing and deploying a risk tool for peanut production, and improving linkages among public and private sector partners along the peanut value chain. Through these four objectives a framework for collaboration among partners in Ghana will be fostered, farmers will receive pertinent information that will enable them to increase yield and improve food safety, and human capacity will be enhanced.