Dr. Stephen Yeboah in Ghana contributed to the development and release of one maize variety known as “CRI-Apraku”. During the project, Dr. Yeboah conducted on-farm trials across different locations to make informed decision about the performance of the variety. The variety has been registered by the National Variety release and registration Board. CRI-Apraku have excellent grain qualities and tolerant to drought, low nitrogen and maize streak viral disease. “CRI-Apraku” has a potential yield of 5.5 ton/ha and could play a significant role in addressing food security. Additionally, Dr. Yeboah examined determinants of nutritious drought tolerant maize adoption and mineral fertilizer application under smallholder farm conditions in Ghana. In his project, Dr. Yeboah reported that climatic endurance, increased yield and grain quality had a positive and statistically significant relationship with adoption of drought tolerant (DT) maize. The drought tolerant maize also had higher biomass and grain yield compared to the local check.
Here is a personal testimony of what Dr. Yeboah was able to achieve with the AfriCLP funding.
“Maize is a food security crop in Ghana with national policies to increase its productivity, but it is still produced predominately by smallholder farmers under rainfed conditions with low input. Given the ample evidence of climate change in Ghana, there is an urgent need to develop more climate resilient maize production systems. Adaptation strategies to climate change in maize systems in Ghana include improved crop varieties with tolerance to drought and heat stress and effective promotion and dissemination strategies. In this project, we aimed to improve human nutrition and food security through widespread dissemination and promotion of drought tolerant quality protein maize to ensure adoption and sustainable production. Critical achievements have been made during the implementation of this project with AfriCLP funding.
We have established the key determinants or factors that influence the adoption of drought tolerant quality protein maize in major producing areas in Ghana. The outcome influenced the selection of appropriate promotion and dissemination strategy to enhance adoption. The funding the development and release of early maturing multiple stress tolerant maize variety with a high potential yield named CRI-Apraku (5.5 t/ha). A manuscript titled “Promotion of Drought Tolerant Maize in Ghana: Gendered-lessons for Development, Dissemination and Adoption” have been published to inform policy. Four other papers have been published due to AfriCLP capacity building programmes (https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user). At least sixty (60) extension agents, Two thousand (2000) farmers have been introduced to drought tolerant maize varieties and improved maize production technologies through an outreach programmes. This is a laudable outreach effort to Support collective efforts to influence relevant policy areas and food security.
Dr. Stephen Yeboah