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Soybean Innovation Lab July 2018 Newsletter

We've got a lot of great stuff for you in the July Newsletter!

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SIL's July 2018 Newsletter features the following articles: 

  • SIL's Webinar on Our Low-Cost, Locally-Produced Thresher | July 26th - 9:00-10:00 AM CDT - Join SIL on July 26th for an informational webinar showcasing our low-cost, locally-produced and locally-serviced multi-crop thresher. Mechanized threshing is a valuable tool in the reduction of post-harvest loss in grains and cereals because it can allow quicker removal of a crop from the field, reducing losses from shattering or disease and reducing exposure to birds, rodents and adverse weather.
  • SIL Scaling Up Multi-Crop Thresher in Malawi - A new scaling partnership between the Soybean Innovation Lab and Compatible Technology International (CTI), through support from ADM Cares, ADM’s corporate social investment program, will bring SIL’s low-cost, locally-produced and multi-crop thresher to Malawian soy and groundnut producers. The new project leverages SIL’s thresher training package, which leads fabricators, blacksmiths and artisans through the thresher production process and provides business and marketing training as well as guidance on recordkeeping, credit and financing.
  • Notes from the Field: SIL Students Conduct On-Site Focus Groups in Ghana - This is the first of a series of stories written by Kelly Lower and Taylor Yarbrough, research assistants to Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi of the Mississippi State University’s Social Science Research Center. As part of SIL’s Socioeconomic and Gender Equity Research (SGER) team, Dr. Ragsdale, Kelly, and Taylor are visiting the Northern Region of Ghana to conduct the second wave of the Soybean Uptake and Networking Survey (SUNS II) in collaboration with SIL’s in-country partner, Catholic Relief Services/Ghana (CRS). The SGER/CRS team is working in four districts in the Northern Region, Chereponi, Karaga, Saboba, and Tolon. The SGER/CRS team has also begun conducting focus groups centered on gender and land tenure with men and women smallholder farmers in each of the four districts.
  • SIL Launches SoyBytes, a New Podcast Series! - SIL experts and partners are involved in a number of initiatives and programs designed to improve production and utilization of soybean in Sub-Saharan Africa. SIL’s new podcast series, SoyBytes, offers an inside look at SIL innovations and technologies, direct from the experts themselves.
  • Collaborator Corner: Phinehas Tukamuhabwa - Professor Phinehas Tukamuhabwa of Makerere University in Uganda is one of the leading researchers in soybean breeding and production in Sub-Saharan Africa. A professor of plant breeding and genetics, Dr. Tukamuhabwa’s current research focuses on the genetics of resistance to soybean rust and the development of varieties resistant to soybean rust, leaf miners and bruchids. 

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