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Picture of staff listening to presentations on IITA’s yam R4D work.

Seminar on developments in yam production in Abuja ends with a feast

The yam program at the IITA Station in Abuja organized a series of seminar presentations by scientists from the station to educate staff on the progress made in yam research over the years, as well as providing an interactive platform for information exchange.

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YIIFSWA scientist honored by research community

Morufat Balogun, Tissue Culture Specialist with IITA’s Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) project has won the 2016 edition of the International Institute for Training, Research and Economic Development (IITRED) prize. The award recognizes her study on Absorbent kenaf materials and method of making and using same; development of high yield…

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Picture of Seed yam tubers in aeroponics system.

Initiative announced to improve and make high quality seed yam available

The availability and accessibility of high quality seed yam of improved varieties are the focus of a new US$12 million project aimed at revolutionizing the yam production system. This is intended to transform the formal seed systems in Ghana and Nigeria, Africa’s largest exporter and largest producer of yam, respectively. The flagship yam project, Yam…

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Picture of YIIFSWA Project Leader Norbert Maroya cutting the ribbon during the launch of the aeroponics system at CSIR-Ghana.

YIIFSWA: Yam is no longer a seasonal crop

With the aeroponics system (AS), yam production is no longer seasonal,” Norbert Maroya announced in his keynote address at the launch of a newly established AS for high-quality pre-basic and basic seed planting materials production at the The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Crop Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) in Kumasi, Ghana, on 10 November. The Yam…

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Picture of Dr Morufat Balogun addressing participants at the aeroponics facility at NRCRI.

YIIFSWA/NRCRI train commercial seed producers on high ratio propagation technology for quality yam seed production

The Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) project in collaboration with the National Root Crop Research Institute (NRCRI) trained 18 technicians from 11 commercial seed companies on the operationalization of the Aeroponics system (AS) and Temporary Immersion Bioreactor System (TIBS) for high quality pre-basic and basic seed yam production at…

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YIIFSWA to plant 80,000 vine cuttings for seed yam production at IITA and more…

The YIIFSWA project will be winding up in a couple of months; the project has intensified high quality seed yam production efforts. In October the project will start planting 80,000 yam rooted vine cuttings on 2 ha of land at IITA-Ibadan. During an interview on current activities, Norbert Maroya YIIFSWA Project Leader, gave reasons for…

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YIIFSWA organizes workshops to share experiences among yam farmers after exchange visits

The goal of the Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) project is to work towards its 10-year vision of doubling the incomes from yam for three million smallholder farming families who depend on the crop in West Africa, and contribute to food security for producers and consumers. In the next…

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YIIFSWA facilitates a second farmer exchange visit to Illushi seed yam market

The foremost constraint of yam farmers is the unavailability and affordability of quality seed tubers. To promote seed yam production and commercialization in Ghana and Nigeria, the Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) project facilitated its second farmer exchange visit to illushi seed yam market in Edo state on 14…

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YIIFSWA Technical Advisory Committee holds meeting

The YIIFSWA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) also met on 19 February after the review and planning workshop, to discuss the progress made and advise YIIFSWA project team on project directions. Present at the meeting were Alexandre Dansi, Hiroko Takagi-Watanabe, Janice Olawoye, Tony Sikpa, Cephas Dormediameo, Lydia Susu, Regina Sagoe, Tola Adepomola, A.O. Salako, Lauren Good,…

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Picture of Yam tuber produced from a one-node vine from the Aeroponics

YIIFSWA holds annual progress review and work planning

The Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) project held its 5th annual progress review and planning meeting, 15-18 February at the Conference Center, IITA-Ibadan, Nigeria. The 4-day meeting highlighted the progress review of the project’s two main components (1) Governance, Leadership and Partnership; and (2) Seed Systems. Each implementing partner…

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