Site visit in Tiéningboué for the project YAMSYS : The population support completely the project

The project YAMSYS which means "bio-physical, institutional and economic determinants of the sustainable use of soil in yam production systems to improve food security in West Africa", after two years operation, has received an assessment visit for the projects activities in Côte d’Ivoire and specifically in the Tiéningboué site from 17 to 20 October 2016.
The evaluation consisted of assessing the work of Masters and PhDs students of the project during powerpoint presentations, the visit of one of the two intervention sites of the project in Côte d’Ivoire, namely Tiéningboué and a finally return session with recommendations. All these activities during five days agenda.
Three (3) main activities have furnished this site visit. Firstly, a meeting with the administrative and customary authorities of the Prefecture of Tiéningboué, Secondly, a meeting with the members of the Innovation Platform (project extension tools) of the Town and thirdly, the visit of the two school fields of the project.
The evaluators team, Mr. Alpha Yaya Kamara, Systems Agronomist and principal researcher at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Prof. Joachim Sauerborn from the University of Hohenheim, was able to inquire about the interest of the people for the project and the main challenges they face in growing yams.
Mainly producing yam for at least 40 years, populations of Tiéningboué make the bitter observation of their low yam production in recent decades. Living almost exclusively of yam cultivation, these people see their income decline over the years. So, It is natural that the YAMSYS project is for the people of Tiéningboué the hope of a better tomorrow for the yam industry. They strongly endorsed the idea of ??the project from its early days to the extent that its objectives are perfectly in line with their expectations.
The two first years of the project YAMSYS have been saving for industry players. According to their own testimony, they were able to learn new production techniques, develop healthy seeds and benefit from more capacity building sessions for producers and for rural development actors. In sum, a constant knowledge gain and skills that allow them to qualitatively and quantitatively improve their production. In addition, the knowledge generated in recent years by the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire(CSRS) on yam is a valuable asset of the project's success.
The success of the Innovation Platform visible to the success of school fields and the enthusiasm of people, has exceeded the limits of the sub-prefecture of Tiéningboué and a lot of interest from people from across the region and Ivorian Authorities. Several players in the yam industry would like to see the Innovation Platforms replicate nationwide for more impact.

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