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Soybean Innovation Lab November 2018 Newsletter

Learn about all of SIL's recent advancements in the November Newsletter! 

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SIL's November 2018 Newsletter features the following articles: 

  • SIL Pan-African Soybean Variety Trials Expand to Cameroon, Rwanda, Uganda and Sudan - Currently, the Pan-African Soybean Variety Trials are underway in 10 countries, which includes recently planted trials at sites in Cameroon, Rwanda, Uganda and Sudan. SIL is collaborating on the trials with in-country partners at the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD, in Cameroon), the Agricultural Research Corporation (ARC, in Sudan), the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) and the Conflict and Development Foundation (in Rwanda) and Makerere University and Agilis Farms (in Uganda).
  • SIL Gender Equity Research Published in the Journal of Rural StudiesA research article focused on women’s empowerment in soybean production was recently published in theJournal of Rural Studies by SIL team members Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale, Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi, Edward Martey, Dr. Peter Goldsmith, and collaborator Tianlan Wei. The article, Using the WEAI+ to explore gender equity and agricultural empowerment: Baseline evidence among men and women smallholder farmers in Ghana's Northern Region, summarizes results from the implementation of the WEAI+ survey in northern Ghana. 
  • Church of the Brethren and SIL Collaborate on Soybean Production Guide in Nigeria - SIL recently partnered with the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa A Nigeria organization (Church of the Brethren) in Nigeria to create a local soybean production guide. SIL researcher Dr. Dennis Thompson provided guidance on the manual, which includes information about the importance of soy as a commercial crop for the region, the climatic and soil requirements for soy production and how to control pests, weeds and diseases.
  • New Soy for Human Nutrition Fact Sheet Released - Dr. Juan Andrade with the University of Illinois leads SIL’s Soy for Human Nutrition efforts has just released a fact sheet series on “all things soy” to guide SIL partners in making decisions regarding soy in human nutrition programming.
  • Collaborator Corner: Jeffrey Boakye Appiagyie - Jeffrey Boakye Appiagyie graduated as an agricultural engineer in 2017 from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana and went on to become a start-up entrepreneur and CEO of his own companies, SAYeTECH and AgriCAD.

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