Ghana Yam Market, Subsector and Value Chain Assessment

Ghana Yam Market, Subsector and Value Chain Assessment
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (the Foundation) engaged Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) to conduct a tailored value chain assessment of Ghana's yam sector. This study was carried out in March 2011 with the much appreciated assistance of UKbased Natural Resources Institute (NRI) and the Crops Research Institute (CRI) based in Kumasi, Ghana. The methodology consisted of mainly qualitative key informant interviewing of yam farmers, traders and experts, review of available quantitative descriptive data and triangulation of various observations and insights across multiple sources to establish a reasonable degree of confidence in these and the findings stemming therefrom. This included a stakeholder's validation workshop held on 24th March and attended by 29 individuals representing yam farmers, traders and wholesalers and other experts knowledgeable of the yam sector. The findings reflected in this report have been utilized to strengthen the methodology and precision of a yam sector development proposal by the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture under funding consideration by the Foundation.

MEDA wishes to express its appreciation to the Foundation for the opportunity to provide the assistance reflected in this report and, as well, to Professor Ulrich Kleih, Marketing Economist, Food and Markets Department at NRI and to Dr. Emmanuel Otoo, Yam Breeder and Head of the Yam Programme at CRI for their respective expert subject contributions, insights and sheer hard work in assisting MEDA to carry out this assignment.