The study assessed the impacts of yam post-harvest losses on the socio-economic wellbeing of yam farmers of the Benue Valley Region of Nigeria. The study examined factors influencing yam post-harvest losses among yam farmers of the Benue Valley, the impacts of yam post-harvest losses on the socio-economic wellbeing of yam farmers of Benue Valley and possible suggestions for controlling post-harvest losses of yam. Semi-structured interviews (SSIs) and semi-structured questionnaires (SSQs) were used to collect data from yam farmers. Data was collected from 400 yam farmers across the study area using the Taro Yamane sample size determination formula. The collected data was analyzed quantitatively using statistics such as percentages and frequency distribution tables, whereas, the qualitative data was analysed descriptively. The findings of the study revealed that the major causes of yam post-harvest losses among rural farmers are the crises between herdsmen and farmers, lack of access roads poor storage facilities, Rodents, Pest and Diseases, theft and lack of working capital. Acute shortage of food and nutrition, reduction in farmer’s income, loss of interest, reduction in farm size and environmental waste were found as the impacts of yam post-harvest losses on the socio-economic wellbeing of rural farmers. The study therefore recommends provision of basic rural infrastructure, grants and loan facilities, effective extension services to build farmers capacity as possible remedies to the problem.
Keywords: Post-Harvest Losses, Yam, Wellbeing, Impact, Rural Farmers, Benue Valley