Feedback Madagascar is one of the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that we support.The project we support promotes yam farming with training on yam cultivation techniques, the creation of demonstration plots and household plantations. Working with twelve community forest management associations, over 250 people are already producing and yams are taking off.
Famous for providing the fuel for Usain Bolt’s sprinting successes, the yam is commonly confused as a sweet potato (they are un-related), they are similar in properties.
“Anyone for yams?”
The project is based around the Malagasy rainforest, where people are reliant on inadequate rice and cassava harvests; the cultivation of yams reduces the impact of the annual famine and dramatically ups people’s nutritional intake.
And yams are fun. To raise awareness of yams and their benefits, alongside rainforest conservation, there are now yam festivals. Associations take stands, organise competitions, cook offs, speeches and full-on carnival singing and dancing.
As part of the project, training on culinary techniques is included to make the most of the yam.
Here are 6 of their suggested recipes:
- Yam Pudding
- Yam Crisps
- Yam Pizza
- Yam Soup
- Yam Salad
- Baked Yam
If you fancy trying your hand at Yam Pudding, here is an embellished Western version:
800g grated uncooked yams
120g golden syrup
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
120g brown sugar
1tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 160˚c
- Grease baking dish (approx 8”x8”x2”)
- Combine all ingredients
- Bake until a knife comes out of mixture clean, approx 1 hour.
- Serve warm with cream or ice cream