Madam Wiyor Hafuo is 53 years old, married, and has seven children. She is also a beneficiary of the Pathways project in the Lambussie Karni District of Ghana and was recently interviewed about her experience with the Pathways project. This is her story.
“I have been farming for the past five years on 1.5 acres of land, on which I normally cultivate groundnuts, white cowpea, and red cowpea. Each of the crops occupies half an acre, from which I usually harvest between 150 kg of white cowpea, 100 kg of groundnuts, and 100 kg of red cowpea annually. When the Pathways project was introduced in our community, we were informed that the project would support us to improve the productivity of soybeans and groundnuts. I decided to cultivate soybeans for the first time that year.
We were trained on soybean cultivation and I used the half-acre I have used in the past for white cowpea to cultivate soybean and followed the recommended spacing which is 5cm x 75cm. Unfortunately, the germination was not good, so I was advised by the community-based extension agent in my group to do filling-in after one week. I also followed the weeding regime. At the end of the season I had 420 kg of soybeans from the half-acre of land, which has never happened with groundnuts or cowpea before. The good thing about soybean is that the price is good and companies are ready to buy our harvest at any time, as compared to the other crops where you have to carry your produce to market.
CARE and Partnerships for Rural Development Action (PRUDA) also trained us on how to make soybean into various food items, such as porridge, banku and soy milk. Soybean is economically beneficial to us considering the nutritional value, the yield, and the mode of purchase. I will increase my acreage of soybean next season. I also intend to adopt the recommended practices for groundnuts because this season I have clearly seen the benefits of the good practices that we have been taught. I am excited that I have something to smile about this year, but I am certain that next year I will have a lot more to smile about.”