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October 23, 2013
                    12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EDT (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time.       
Presenter(s): Annalisa Conte, Deputy Director of Policy, Programme and Innovation Division, U.N. World Food Programme, Rome | John Hoddinott, Deputy Director, Poverty Health and Nutrition Division, IFPRI.       

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Ghana launches national yam strategy

Ghana launches a strategy for development of Yam industry, the first of its kind

Ghana launches national yam strategy

Ghana has taken a major step ahead of other yam-producing nations with the launch of a strategy for the development of the yam industry from farm to market.

This follows the global conference on yams held in Accra on 3-6 October and ongoing strategic development for the sector.

The Yam strategy
The national yam strategy, the first of its kind, puts yam in the spotlight as a key crop to help Ghana fight poverty, enhance food security and improve the livelihoods and income of women and men engaged in the yam sector.

“The strategy envisions making Ghana the leading source of premium quality yam products with global penetration and contributing to an improved Ghanaian economy and livelihoods,” the Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture, Ahmed Alhassan said during the inauguration of the strategy in Accra, on Tuesday.

“One of the objectives of the strategy is to develop commercially-driven research and development as well as capacity building in yam value chain,” Alhassan says.

The Strategy has been designed and developed to provide a holistic approach to sector development by considering both the economic and social value of yam in Ghana.

The Yam Sector Strategy aims at creating business and industry development with social impact while ensuring food security. It is based on five milestones which are: Increasing fresh yam exports; Developing a market for yam by-products and ingredients; Reinforcing domestic industry competitiveness;

Promoting women-led yam business; Increasing income from yam and ensuring food security.

The Ghana Yam Strategy is a bottom-up policy process that started in 2012. It is a private sector-led road map championed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture with the support of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection.

Yam Industry in Ghana
The economic value of the yam industry in Ghana has grown quite rapidly in recent years, with its foreign exchange earnings shooting up to the third position among the non-traditional export commodities in the period 2010 to 2012.

The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) provided technical support and process facilitation.

“ Despite the contribution of yam, the crop has not been given the right attention. This is what this strategy aims to correct,”
the Chairman of the Ghana Yam Strategy Committee, Mr. Anthony Sikpa says.

“With this strategy not only will yam be given attention, but it will also provide opportunities for all stakeholders in the yam sector,” he stated.

IITA Director for Western Africa, Dr Robert Asiedu commended Ghana for taking the lead in developing a strategy for the tuber crop.

“We also encourage other countries to emulate Ghana, by developing similar strategies that give clear direction on how to make the crop work for the poor and improve their economies,” Dr Asiedu added.

Perlin Gunesoglu, Chairperson for the Turkish Ghanaian Business Council for DeIk (the Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board), observed that the strategy provided a platform for transforming the yam sector into a vibrant industry beyond but not excluding food security.

According to her,“the work being done in Ghana for yam is very valuable and can serve as an example for other countries trying to develop their sector looking at commercial as well as social objectives.”

Pelin pointed out that apart from yam as food, the crop could also be used in many different industries including food, paper, textiles, and adhesives, through value addition.

Indigenous to Africa, yam is a major staple contributing to food security and incomes, and also plays a significant role in the culture of the people.



International Rights College Campus debuts in Nigeria



                                               The Right Livelihood   College awards annually the “Alternative Nobel Prize”.

International Rights College Campus debuts in Nigeria

A Nigerian environmental organisation,   the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), is partnering with the Right   Livelihood Award Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden to establish the Rights   Livelihood Campus (RLC) in the country.

This is in furtherance of efforts to   build the capacity of Nigerian students and young people on environmental   issues.

The Campus, which is the fifth of such   in the world and the second in Africa, is to be hosted in the Faculty of   Social Sciences of the University of Port Harcourt, (UNIPORT) in southern   Nigeria.

UNIPORT will be formally unveiled as   the Nigerian chapter of the RLA Campus on 25th and 26th of November this   year.

Exchange opportunities

The event will witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding   (MoU).

Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees, Right Livelihood Award Foundation   and a former German Minister of Environment, Monika Griefahn, Uniport’s Vice   Chancellor; Professor Joseph Ajienka and coordinator of the Academy, Dr   Nnimmo Bassey, will sign the MoU.

The new partnership will also enable Uniport’s Post-Graduate scholars   to have access to the corps of Right Livelihood laureates as well as exchange   opportunities with four other existing campuses across the globe.

Rights Livelihood College
  The Right Livelihood College awards annually the “Alternative Nobel   Prize”.

It is an opportunity for the awardees of the prestigious prize to   share their knowledge with younger people.

The RLC currently has its Global Secretariat at the Universiti Sains   in Penang, Malaysia.

Monika Griefahn, Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees, welcomes the new   development:

“We are very pleased that a Right Livelihood College campus is being   established at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria’, she says.

“The College continues to make positive impact in the lives of young   scholars and continues to build direct links between academics, laureates and   the wider community. We commend the University of Port Harcourt and the   Health of Mother Earth Foundation for engaging in this partnership.”

Speaking on behalf of the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of   the University of Port Harcourt, Dr. Fidelis Allen says: “The   University of Port Harcourt has remained a citadel of learning and in the   best traditions of scholarship we see the opportunity to host the RLC campus   as one that will challenge our scholars as well as connect them with their   peers around the world. We are equally pleased with HOMEF for making this   partnership possible.”

The Director of HOMEF, Nnimmo Bassey, who won the Rights Livelihood   Award in 2010, is equally excited at the prospect: “The Niger Delta   region of Nigeria has brought so much petroleum-dollar to Nigeria. Sadly the   extraction of the petroleum resources has brought devastation to the   environment and livelihoods of the people.

“We believe that targeted researches here will generate tools for   tackling these problems which will in turn find application in other   challenged territories beyond the Niger Delta. HOMEF is proud to collaborate   with Uniport in hosting the RLC campus in Nigeria,” he added.

Besides Bassey, the only other Nigerian to have won the award so far   is the late Ken Saro-Wiwa, together with his organization the Movement for   the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), in 1994.

The RLC is the global capacity building initiative of the Right   Livelihood Award Foundation, based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Since its inception in 1980, the Right Livelihood Award, popularly   known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, has been bestowed on 153 laureates   from 64 countries.

It highlights and supports stellar achievements in the fields of peace   and justice, the environment and for the awardee’s endeavours to eliminate   material and spiritual poverty.
  Some of the RLC campuses across the world include the Universiti Sains   Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia; Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; Center for   Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany, and Lund University   Center for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Lund University, Sweden.