If North Carolina State University had been looking for a cotton specialist, David Jordan’s career might have turned out very differently. In the late 1990s, Jordan became North Carolina’s state peanut specialist; today, he also spearheads the PMIL value chain project in Ghana.
A few years ago, peanut farmers in the Dagomba village in the Ashanti region of Ghana had little training in how to grow, dry and store their crop in a way that would increase yield and improve quality. But when offered the chance to learn improved techniques, they took advantage and have results to show for it.
When Clara Darko decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Biological Systems Engineering, she knew she’d have to face down other people’s expectations. Though already accomplished as the agricultural engineer for Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture in the Ashanti Region, this mother of two knew she would find a lot of people along the way who didn’t think she belonged.
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