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Fostering entrepreneurship to help provide a sustainable clean seed yam production system in flood prone areas of Idah, Kogi State, Nigeria

Morse, Stephen and McNamara, N (2016) Fostering entrepreneurship to help provide a sustainable clean seed yam production system in flood prone areas of Idah, Kogi State, Nigeria Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 40 (10). pp. 1085-1105.

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Abstract

The paper outlines some of the findings and insights achieved from efforts to establish a sustainable seed yam (Dioscorea rotundata) supply system in Idah, Kogi State, Nigeria. The activity was part of a project entitled ‘Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa’ (YIIFSWA), spanning 2012 to 2016, and the paper covers the results of a novel and ambitious intervention designed to establish seed yam entrepreneurs as part of a wider initiative to establish a sustainable seed yam value chain in an area where none had previously existed. Seed yam production by the entrepreneurs was based on the Adapted Yam Minisett Technique (AYMT) and results between 2013 and 2015 suggest that the agronomic performance of AYMT under ‘farmer managed’ conditions was good, with reasonable yields of yam and an average weight (0.8 kg) in the required range for ‘Grade 1ʹ seed yams. The entrepreneurs achieved a good economic return (gross margin) and this translated into a return on investment of around 400 to 600%. However for the seed yam system to be sustainable in the Idah area there is a need to establish a value chain that links traders with growers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Environment
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environmental Strategy
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Morse, StephenS.Morse@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
McNamara, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 23 August 2016
Identification Number : 10.1080/21683565.2016.1225624
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems on 23 Aug 2016 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/21683565.2016.1225624
Uncontrolled Keywords : clean seed yam, Dioscorea rotundata, Nigeria, value chains, entrepreneurship
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Oct 2016 08:48
Last Modified : 07 Jul 2017 14:38
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812389

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