Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

El cultivo de ñame en el Caribe colombiano


Author Info

  • Yuri C. Reina Aranza



Yam (Dioscorea) is one of the six genera belonging to the family of Dioscoraceae and originated in Africa and Asia. In Colombia, yam production is specifically located in the Caribbean region and became a key product in the people´s diet. In 2010, Colombia was among the 12 countries with the highest yam production in the world, ranked first in terms of yields per hectare. Although its main use is for food, studies have shown that it is useful in the pharmaceutical industry and in the manufacturing of bioplastics. However, in Colombia there is no evidence of the use of this product in areas other than food. RESUMEN: El ñame (Dioscorea) es uno de los seis géneros pertenecientes a la familia de los Dioscoraceae y es originario de África y Asia. En Colombia la producción de ñame se ha ubicado específicamente en la región Caribe, donde se ha constituido como producto clave en la dieta de la población de esta zona. En 2010, Colombia se ubicó entre los 12 países con mayor producción de ñame a nivel mundial y ocupó el primer lugar en rendimiento de toneladas por hectárea sembrada. Aunque su principal uso es el alimenticio, varios estudios han demostrado su utilidad en la industria farmacéutica y la fabricación de bioplásticos. Sin embargo, en Colombia no se encuentra evidencia del aprovechamiento de este producto en otras áreas diferentes a la alimentación.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL:
Download Restriction: no

Bibliographic Info


as in new window
Length: 0
Date of creation: 14 Jun 2012
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:col:000102:009673

Contact details of provider:

Related research

Keywords: ñame; región Caribe colombiana; producción; rendimiento.;

Find related papers by JEL classification:

This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:


No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.



This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.


Access and download statistics


When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:col:000102:009673. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Banco De La República - Economía Regional).

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.