CSRS-Fonds Eremitage Prize 2019: Towards sustainable production of yams in West Africa

A team of 6 researchers has been awarded the 10th CSRS Eremitage Fund Prize for their research work on the sustainable production of yams in West Africa.
A commitment to work on neglected themes

A neglected crop in terms of scientific research and development, the Yam is a tuber plant and a food of primary importance in West Africa. It has very little funding compared to rice, cassava and plantains. The Igname, however, represents more than 7,000 years of history (cultural and cultural practices) and billions of dollars of income in West Africa. In addition, current production techniques degrade the soil, which in turn greatly limits yields. The CSRS made a commitment from its earliest hours to work on so-called neglected cultures. It is natural that for more than 20 years the yam production system has been one of its priority themes in all of its work on food security and sustainability of agricultural production systems..

Ensuring sustainable production of yam in West Africa is now possible
This team of international experts has worked on the factors that determine the yield of yams by studying the determinants of growth of yams in the field and has proposed technologies for the sustainable development of yam production in rural areas. . The projects carried out, including the current one, the YAMSYS project, have made it possible to develop and validate innovations co-constructed with the actors of the yam value chain within the innovation platforms that it has set up. These platforms facilitate the development, validation and popularization of innovations.

A team of international experts

These are Prof. Emmanuel Frossard, from ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Dr Hgaza Valery, Associate researcher at the CSRS and Teacher-researcher at Péléforo Gon Coulibaly University (Ivory Coast), Prof Ake Severin, teacher-researcher at the University of Félix Houphouët Boigny (Côte d'Ivoire), Dr Diby Lucien, researcher at ICRAF, Dr Kiba Innocent, researcher at the Institute for the Environment and Agricultural Research in Burkina Faso (Burkina) and Dr Senanayake Ravinda, Researcher at Field Crops Research and Development Institute (Sri Lanka) who received this price worth CHF 15,000 about 9,000,000 CFA Francs. Although it is its 6 researchers who are the winners this year, Dr Hagaza Valéry, spokesperson of the team wanted to pay tribute to 3 illustrious researchers who contributed enormously to scientific production on yams, but who unfortunately left us. These are Dr Robert Carsky, Prof Assa Ayemou and Prof. Ravi Sangakkara died respectively in 2004, 2008 and 2014.

  About the CSRS-Eremitage Prize

The CSRS-Fund Eremitage prize for scientific research in partnership ”is awarded every two years for high-level work that has led to important publications and / or innovative applications. Its objective is to honor researchers for the excellence of their contribution to research in partnership between scientific institutions in the North with the Ivory Coast and / or the countries of West Africa. It was established in 2001 during the CSRS jubilee. Since this year, the Basel-based Eremitage Fund in Switzerland has provided financial support for the award.

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