Plate 1. Low density groundnut growing on the sandy soils at Akatsi (Photo: by SGK Adiku)
For many farmers in the town of Akatsi in Ghana, groundnut is an important cash crop that brings in income to meet family expenses. Groundnut is used for soups, stews, and confectionery, and it is a general delicacy. Income from groundnut sales pays for land preparation, and farm operations as well as family expenditure such as school fees, hospital medicine, etc. Rainfall at Akatsi is moderate and just adequate for crop production. The typically sandy soils of Akatsi are well suited for groundnut as pegging is enhanced and harvest is easy.