|ARS Developed Hand-held Moisture Sensor - Ghana, November 2017|
ARS Developed Hand-held Moisture Sensor Increases Food Security in Ghana, and Enhances US Trade Opportunities
Dr. Paul Armstrong of the ARS Center for Grain and Animal Health Research – Stored Product Insect and Engineering Research Unit in Manhattan KS, developed a handheld sensor to detect grain moisture content. Production level assembly of the low-cost meters was launched beginning with a ceremony November 16, 2017 in Ghana. In collaboration with the USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss, the meter was tested by researchers at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi Ghana. With USDA Assisting Management in the Poultry and Layer Industries by Feed Improvement Strategies (AMPLIFIES) Ghana project funding, and funding under the Food for Progress Initiative implemented by the American Soybean Association and ACDI/VOCA, a US-based economic development corporation, KNUST developed a laboratory to assemble the sensors for distribution in Ghana to reduce post-harvest losses, and enhance food security. The coordinated funding brings together US industry and government efforts to enhance US opportunities for trade in the sub-Saharan African market. You can read about the launch event here.