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Enhancing Bambara groundnut production, adoption, and utilization for food security and increased income among smallholder farmers in northern Ghana.
In Northern Ghana, a research team led by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Savanna Agricultural Research Institute seeks to revolutionize the agricultural landscape by developing the first-ever commercial variety of Bambara groundnuts. These versatile legumes, rich in nutrition, are poised to address the region’s chronic food insecurity while improving farmer’s livelihoods and incomes via a burgeoning international groundnut milk market. In addition to their resilience in drought conditions, Bambara groundnuts enhance soil fertility, making them a climate-resilient, regenerative crop. The project takes a multi-pronged approach to empower smallholder farmers, especially women, and foster sustainable development through social science research on the traits farmers want, breeding, agronomy, and government and private-sector partnerships to develop seed markets. CSIR-SARI has experience developing numerous crop varieties, some of which are now standard in northern Ghana.