Why not yam? A case for investment in yam research and development in Africa

Yam feeds, nourishes, and provides a living for millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. In the largest am-producing country in the world, Nigeria, yam is more than just a crop. It is the king of crops, and the production value of yam is higher than the value of cassava and popular cereal crops (maize and rice) combined. Moreover, …

Optimizing commercial seed yam production

In a bid to address the challenges that commercial seed producers face with cultivating planting materials generated from the HRPTs on the field, IITA is conducting several production researches to develop best practices that commercial seed producers can adopt to boost seed production in Ghana and Nigeria. In 2019 at the ARPM, seed companies raised concerns about seed yam production …

IITA invests in the development and implementation of seed yam certification system in Nigeria

IITA renovated and equipped the diagnostic laboratory of the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) at their headquarter in Sheda, Abuja, with equipment worth $100,000 for seed quality control and Seed Tracker e-certification system. A PCR for DNA amplification and other laboratory equipment will allow technicians of the seed regulatory agency to conduct diagnostics and seed quality testing in line with …

YIIFSWA-II holds 4th ARPM

The 4th ARPM took place at Bolton White Hotels, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, from the 18th to 21st February 2020. The meeting was attended by 60 Scientists, Seed Entrepreneurs, Agribusiness consultants, and civil servants from Nigeria and Ghana. The ARPM was officially opened with the keynote speech from the FMARD, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, who was represented by Mrs. Karima …

Agric Ministry: Nigeria cannot meet seed yam demand; calls for adoption of technologies to revive sector

At the 4th Annual Progress Review and Planning Meeting (ARPM) of the second phase of the Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA-II) project, the honorable Federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Alhaji Sabo Nanono represented by Mrs. Karima Babangida, Director, Federal Department of Agricultural (FDA) in her keynote address to the project stated …

YIIFSWA-II trains National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs) on utilizing Temporary Immersion Bioreactor System (TIBS) for production of breeder planting materials to boost Early Generation Seed (EGS) supply in Ghana and Nigeria.

Development of the yam production system in West Africa has been hampered by the inadequate availability of quality seed yam tubers of improved varieties. To address this gap, the second phase of the Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security (YIIFSWA-II) project is intensifying efforts for the establishment of the formal seed system for yam in Nigeria and Ghana. This …

YIIFSWA-II trains Nigerian seed companies’ trainers on ware yam production using Good Agronomic Practices (GAP)

The yam production system in Nigeria is experiencing a renaissance with the production of quality seed yam tubers of improved varieties using High Ratio Propagation Technologies (HRPTs), which were developed and are being promoted by the Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA-II). As seed companies gear up for full-scale production, creating the demand for quality …