PMIL holds 2016 annual research meeting in Ghana
Five dozen project leaders, researchers and graduate students from across Africa and Haiti gathered for project updates, to visit test plots and tour research and production facilities. Over the course of the meeting, researchers traveled from Tamale south to Kumasi and on to Accra.
The director of the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute, Stephen K. Nutsugah, welcomed the group in the opening session and stressed the importance of research and collaboration to close gaps in production and nutrition of smallholder farmers. Read more.
Student measures how composting breaks down aflatoxin
For millennia, farmers have composted organic matter to return nutrients to depleted soil.
University of Georgia master’s student and Ghana native Esther Yeboah Akoto wants to be able to show farmers whether that natural process also deals with a problem we’ve only known about the past few decades: aflatoxin contamination. Read more.
Haitian partners address challenges after Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew killed 1,000 people in Haiti and destroyed fall crops in many places, but Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab partners weathered the storm and were quickly back to work. Haiti will take years to recover from the Category 4 storm, which slammed into the southern peninsula on Oct. 4, wiping away homes, roads and crops.
Meds & Food for Kids, a PMIL collaborator that makes therapeutic food for children and assists local farmers in an effort to source peanuts locally, weathered the storm, but expressed concern about the rest of the country. Read more.