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Photo of the Day: The Importance of the African 'Yam Zone'

July 18, 2012

Virtually all global yam production takes place in the developing world. According to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) a majority of this production (90%) takes place in the 'yam zone', comprising Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Côte d'Ivoire. Yam is a very important crop for food security because of its excellent storage properties; it can be stored for four to six months without refrigeration and provides an important food safety net between growing seasons.

Photo courtesy of the Global Crop Diversity Trust and photographer Jeff Haskins. Jeff tragically passed away recently at the young age of 32. He was a strong advocate for the Trust and African agriculture.

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