Nigeria is the world's leading cassava and yam producing country. Although the bulk of the production is still destined for home consumption and traditional food products such as garri, fufu, lafun, elubo, gbodo, roasted yam, boiled yam, etc. The processing for industrial end-user markets (e.g. starch, flour mills and bakery industry) has seen some promising investments during the last decade plus the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) of the current administration. Government supported initiatives have played a positive role in this respect.
Yam is one of the important crops in the farming systems of South-western Nigeria with more than 2.8 million hectares of land under cultivation annually (IITA, 2002). It contributes significantly to dietary calories per capita daily and serves as an important source of income to the people (Olaoye,and Oyewole 2012). Yam production in Nigeria is concentrated mostly in all the southern and central states. Major yam producing states in south west Nigeria include Ondo, Ekiti and Oyo states, while the major urban marketing outlets are found mostly in Lagos and Ibadan.
Our partners in Nigeria are the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Peak Precision Products Ltd and Nobex technical company Ltd.