This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
This output is related to multiple projects. Ways of producing 'clean'
healthy seed-yams, and an innovative micro-credit scheme, are helping to
combat falling yam yields and declining yam quality in West Africa.
Because farmers use pieces of tuber to plant their next yam crop, any
pests and diseases in the soil get carried over into that crop. Breaking
that cycle is easy, however, using the 'mini-sett' technique—which
involves dipping small pieces of tuber in a mix of insect- and
fungus-killing pesticides before planting. A micro-credit facility is
also proving valuable to seed-yam producers in Kogi State, Nigeria.
These advances can be used throughout West Africa and India, where yam
is an important staple food. Posters and fact sheets on yam pests and
diseases, and on the 'mini-sett' system, are also available.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact, Annex. Attached PDF
(15 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP25, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 9.