Yam is one of the most staple foods in West African countries and provides an important part of the energetic for people. This study examines chemical composition of Dioscorea cayenensis and Dioscorea rotundata Poir species dried yam chips obtained using two methods of production in Togo. Three local varieties of yams (Koukou, Kéki and Laboco) were processed in chips and were sun dried (at 28-30°C) or oven-dried (at 50°C). Nutritive components (carbohydrates, protein fats, mineral salt, vitamin C and anti-nutritional factors) of yam chips were assessed and compared with those of fresh yam. Sugar is a major component of yam chips followed by proteins, vitamin, fats, mineral salt and anti-nutritionals factors. For the same variety of yam, the nutritional quality depends on the method of production followed and the drying methods.
Key words: Yam chips, Dioscorea cayenensis, Dioscorea rotundata, nutritional potential.