In 2003 the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) located in Nyankpala, Ghana near Tamale released the soybean variety to increase soybean production in the northern region of Ghana. The variety is called Jenguma because in the local Lobi dialect this literally means "stay and wait for me". SARI is a research institute within the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research of Ghana.
The Jenguma variety has a maturing period between 110 and 117 days and can yield between six-and-half bags and six bags per acre respectively under proper agricultural practices. Jenguma responds to the agroecology of Ghana and was developed to withstand the specific stresses of the climatic conditions of the region. It took 12 years for SARI to develop Jenguma. It is high yielding, field resistant to pod shattering and resistant to the striga weed that hinders crop performance and yield. Jenguma has a 40% protein content and 20% oil content and is suitable for industrial use.
The Soybean Innovation Lab (USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Soybean Value Chain Research, SIL) has evaluated the performance of the Jenguma variety in its soybean research trials in collaboration with SARI. Results from the first year of the SIL project can be found on the Tropical Soybean Information Portal's varietal database.