Category Archives: Ghana

Making sorghum easier to digest

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Nana Baah

Sorghum is a cereal grain that originated in Africa where it has grown for 10,000 years.

It grows tall like corn. Bread and porridge are commonly prepared from it, so it is the main source of energy, protein, vitamins and minerals for millions of people.

But its biggest advantage is that it resists heat and drought. Yet it’s not as popular as wheat or corn because its hard to digest.

That’s a hard crop to crack, right?

Well, Nana Baah Pepra-Ameyaw, a doctoral student in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University, is giving it a try. He spoke with Ali Hussain, a reporter for The Food Fix.

Listen to their interview.

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Researcher studies effectiveness of cocoa certification program

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For some people anything is good if it’s made of chocolate. But many people don’t know how chocolate is made or where it comes from.

Chocolate is made from cocoa beans found in West Africa. As the world’s demand for chocolate rises, many cocoa farmers struggle with low yields and low incomes. More than 90 percent of cocoa farmers in Ghana, the world’s second largest producer of cocoa, live on less than a dollar a day per person.

Researchers are studying if certifying farmers as trained cocoa producers can benefit their businesses.

Ebenezer Offei Ansah, a masters student in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University, interviewed cocoa farmers and producers in Ghana to find out how certification programs work. His research could identify problems in cocoa production in Ghana and  other cocoa producing countries.

Listen to the podcast here.

Researcher works to grow multiple crops in the same spot

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Think of a kitchen sink, with taps that supply water and drains that remove it. What happens when the drain stops working? The sink gets clogged.

The same happens with the earth. The world’s population is expected to touch 8.5 billion in the next 15 years. Reduced rainfall and overuse of natural resources are hindering the planet’s ability to meet food demands.

Princess Adeji, a doctoral student in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University, studies how to grow multiple crops on the same land. Her research could increase crop production, especially for small farmers in developing countries.

Listen to the podcast here.

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Princess Adeji has previously contributed to The Food Fix with a researcher reel on multi-crop-systems in ghana, as well as a Translational Scholar Corp video on innovating with the pigeon pea.