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Launch of the first set of improved certified seed yam sales to ware yam producers

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25 July 2016

The purchase of certified seed tubers of improved varieties of yam is now a reality in Nigeria. Yam farmers from now onward will be able to buy high-quality seed tubers of improved, released varieties from officially recognized commercial seed yam producers in Nigeria.


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19 February 2016

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the project met on 19 February after the review and planning workshop, to discuss the progress made and advise YIIFSWA project team on project directions.

YIIFSWA holds annual progress review, work planning, and TAC meetings

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18 February 2016

The Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) project recently concluded it 5th annual progress review and planning meeting which lasted from 15 to 18 February at the Conference Center, IITA-Ibadan, Nigeria.

YIIFSWA trains Farmers to Produce Seed Yam for Income and Food Security

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02 October 2014

The scarcity and high cost of healthy seed yam are two critical constraints to increasing production and productivity. Across the yam growing region of West Africa, there are not enough dedicated seed yam producers to supply the market with quality seeds in quantities sufficient to meet demand.

Temporary Immersion Bioreactors (TIBs) to improve yam seed system

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30 September 2014

Traditionally, yam propagation is done by the field planting of whole tubers or large pieces (“setts”) of between 200 and 500g. Thus, farmers reserve a large number of otherwise consumable tubers-- which may still not be enough for planting every year.

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