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December 5th, 2017 / BBC, UK

Can Africa’s biggest economy swap its addiction to oil for the starchy tubers that millions line their bellies with each day?

“It’s our biggest hope,” says Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Audu Ogbeh.
The global slump in oil prices has hit the West African nation hard, where oil exports make up more than 70% of government revenues.

Yam production meanwhile is thriving – in fact the UN’s food agency says Nigeria produces more than 60% of the entire world’s yams.

Despite this, Nigeria is not one of the world top exporters.

Its neighbour, Ghana, produces far less but exports more yams to European countries such as the UK than Nigeria does.

Spotting this discrepancy, Nigeria launched an ambitious yam export scheme earlier this year. Read more