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Title: Product development from Yam in West Africa: market potential and challenges
Authors: Boateng, Michael A.
Wireko-Manu, Faustina D.
Agbenorhevi, Jacob K.
Amoako-Andoh, Francis O.
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, KNUST.
Abstract: Yam (Discorea spp.) is one of the most important food crops contributing to food security in West Africa. About 91% of the world’s yam production comes from West Africa. However, 20-30% of yam is estimated to be wasted annually due to poor postharvest management. The market value of yam tubers decreases when in season, but the price rises to over 200% during the growing season, making it unaffordable to most consumers, especially when compared to substitutes such as cassava and maize. Yam is a valuable commodity for its nutritional and starch contents, which play key functionality in various food and non-food applications. In this chapter, some of the new food products developed from yam in West Africa are reviewed. The market potential as well as challenges facing the yam value chain particularly processing and product development are discussed. It is envisaged that the optimal potential of yam as source of food and value–added products can be achieved if research and development measures identified are efficiently engaged for enhanced outputs and economic gains.
Description: A book chapter published by College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12802
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