Funding Partner: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Key project objectives: YIIFSWA aims to increase the availability, accessibility and affordability of improved yam varieties in eight yam-producing states, through the establishment of a formal seed system that utilizes improved technologies.
Project coverage: Oyo, Enugu, Benue, Nasarawa, Niger, and the FCT in Nigeria. Northern and Brong Ahafo regions in Ghana.
Project duration: 5 years (2017 – 2021)
Consortium members: IITA, NRCRI, Context Global Development, Sahel Consulting, National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Crop Research Institute, Ghana
Role of Sahel: Sahel has taken a leading role in conducting due diligence on indigenous seed companies in Nigeria to understand their eligibility and willingness to participate in the project. Additionally, in partnership with other project partners, Sahel supports private seed companies through the creation of yam-tailored manuals, promotional activities, and training on sales and marketing. Sahel works actively with private seed company partners to develop robust and tailored plans to support the sales and marketing of high-quality seed yam tubers.
As the YIIFSWA-II project enters its final year of implementation in 2021, project partners are focusing on consolidating key implementation activities, addressing the biggest gaps in EGS and commercial seed yam production, and developing strategies for sustaining the formal yam seed system beyond funding from the donor.
Anticipated Impact:: YIIFSWA II aims to increase the adoption of improved varieties of yam by 340,000 male and female smallholder farmers, in Nigeria and Ghana by the year 2021.