When you grow up in a peanut-producing region, it’s easy to be grounded in groundnuts. PMIL master’s student Yussif Abubakari was born in the peanut-growing region of Northern Ghana, became interested in the production of peanut paste, a ground peanut product that is similar to peanut butter.
Rick Brandenburg’s international work begins with the tiniest insects that might steal a farmer’s yield. But the sign that tells him the work is paying off isn’t in the field. It’s in the village, where new tin roofs or used cars show that farmers are making headway in production.
Drought can encourage aflatoxin buildup in peanut crops, but when farmers know about that risk, they can take steps to mitigate the problem. Chancy Sibakwe studied how much effect drought, pests, and disease can have on mold growth and aflatoxin contamination at the pod-filling stage of peanut development.
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