An agricultural technology transition has taken root in Northern Ghana

The beginnings of a transition from traditional to a new technology of yam cultivation is underway in Ghana, the second largest producer of the staple crop after Nigeria. The traditional practice is noted for its labor intensity and low land productivity. It requires reserving about 30% of the yam harvested for replanting, depriving most low income farming communities of much needed food during the lean season. As many as 10,000 normal seed yams are required to plant one hectare in order to produce an economic quantity of yam. The new, climate smart technology enables local farmers to reduce this seedling requirement dramatically, thereby increasing productivity per hectare by several orders of magnitude. Developed at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, the technology is being championed by local entrepreneur Alhaji Amadu Mahama, founder and CEO of Hikma Farms. As described in the video, Mahama’s business model adds a key ingredient for success in the transition process — catalyzing adoption and use of the technology through direct demonstration, deployment of a highly effective distribution network and training young farmers. Watch the 17-minute video for exciting details.

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