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Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) Annual Review & planning workshopPhilip AtiimMawuli Asigbee

February 2016

UArea of Operation (Target)

5 districts covering 3 regions have been reached as follows:Ejura Sekyedumase Ashanti RegionKintampo North Brong AhafoAtebubu Amantin RegionEast Gonja NorthernMion Region

DISTRICT# OF COMMUNITIES# OF FARMERS# OF DEMO SITESEJURA-SEKYEDUMASE45064ATEBUBU-AMANTIN810316KINTAMPO-NORTH67506MION45004EAST GONJA8100010TOTAL303,78730

COMPLETED ACTIVITIES/ OUTPUTS3 CRS staff participated in YIIFSWA Annual Project review and planning in Kumasi, Ghana.Shared project progress and lessons learned.New structure of YIIFSWA understoodAction plans and budgets for 2015 drawn. Organised project Review with MOFA partners.Cross learning among MOFA staffAgreed protocol set for 2015Agreements with 5 MoFA DADUs (FOGs).

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COMPLETED ACTIVITIES/ OUTPUTS cont.Approximately 12,000 people from 35 communities sensitized on yam minisett propagation technique by CRS and MoFA staff. 3,787 farmers registered from 30 communities and benefited from training on minisett technique of yam propagation, Agronomic practices and QMP.list of host farmers.docxDistrictMaleFemaleTotalAtebubu6533781, 031Kintampo300450750Ejura314192506Mion341159500East Gonja6883121,000TOTAL3,787

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COMPLETED ACTIVITIES/ OUTPUTS cont.Clean seeds from 2014 demonstrations and seed bought from the open market were used for planting .30 demonstration plots installed (land cleared, seeds treated and planted) in 30 COMMUNITIES and used for farmers training.Varieties planted are; Afia, Nkasei bayeri, Mankrong pona, Dente,Afebetua, sewaa.2 Project progress reports (semi annuals) compiled and submitted to IITA5

COMPLETED ACTIVITIES/ OUTPUTS cont.One community receiving extension services for first time as a result of YIIFSWA intervention.10 farmers (5 m/5f) awarded for adoption and promotion of minisett technique.43 adopters of minisett technology interviewed for production of video documentary. harvesting of minisett demonstration plots carried out; 4,773.23 kg of farmer-saved seed yam in place

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COMPLETED ACTIVITIES/ OUTPUTS cont.Hosted external visits from BMGF representative, IITA staff.Hosted project counterparts in Nigeria (MSHR-DDO) to an exchange visit to project sites in Atebubu and Ejura; deepened partnership and networking.Facilitated farmer exchange visit for 9 (1f/8m) farmers and AEAs to Nigeria;

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COMPLETED ACTIVITIES/ OUTPUTS cont.20 Agric Extension Agents (All Males) enhanced their knowledge of seed yam Quality Standards (QMP).Completed online partner data sheets. (indicators).Increased visibility and presence of the project in the districts/communities.

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Training on land selection and preparation

TRAINING ON WEED CONTROL10

TRAINING ON STAKING/ TRAILING11

TRAINING ON PEST & DISEASE MANAGEMENT12

Harvesting of seed yam

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STORAGE OF SEED YAM

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Minisett Adopters15

Minisett Adopter Cont.16

HAREVEST RESULTSDISTRICT# TUBERSTUBER WEIGHT (kg)Diseased tubersDisease tubers weight (kg)EJURA-SEKYEDUMASE724211.84625.6ATEBUBU-AMANTIN7,9172,700.511,761538.4KINTAMPO NORTH2,057267.110719.2MION1,04060.5155EAST GONJA4,055657.7285101.93 ADOPTERS (Mion)2,996875.62TOTAL18,7894,773.232,214690.1

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LESSONS LEARNED Award to deserving best adopters whip up adoption among farmersSignificant increase in adoption rate (about 40 early adopters. 7 women).Many unexpected farmers (particularly passers-by) are adopting the techniques .Direct targeting of interested farmers and plans to follow up on them to ensure they have adopted.Relatively cleaner seed produced this year.Need for country level reviews

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CHALLENGESBad weather (long drought spells); low sprouting rateProblems with beetles in East GonjaPostharvest constraints

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NEXT STEPSParticipate in annual project review and planning workshopConduct follow-up and record adopters of the technique in all 5 districts; Business development training Compile success stories and lessons learned from implementation period and share with partners.Support in end line evaluation studies by IITA.

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Thank You

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