David Famiyeh Yankey holds MSc. in Development Policy and Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and BA (Hons) Sociology from the University of Ghana.
He is a Development Planner, a Trainer, a Small and Medium Enterprises Development Specialist and a Value Chain Expert. He has eighteen years’ experience in Entrepreneurship and Business Development, Training and Micro Finance, Value Chain Development and Group Formation and Development.
He is currently leading a team in improving agricultural productivity and profitability for small farm production systems in Ghana’s yam value chain under IITA. He designs strategies that increase smallholder agricultural production and market linkages for improved profitability of on-farm enterprises.
Previously under IFAD funded Root and Tuber Improvement and Marketing Programme (RTIMP) he supervised and provided backstopping to all institutional partners (research institutions and the universities) in building effective and efficient root and tuber commodity chains in Ghana. He also facilitated the identification of snags and supervised the design of spot interventions in the cassava and yam value chains and financed them through an Initiative Fund (IF) to promote efficient and effective R&T value chains. He also supervised the setting up of 26 model processing centres across the country for the dissemination of appropriate processing technology.
Again under the World Bank funded Community Based Rural Development Project(CBRDP), he managed community project identification and selection in 38 districts and conducted technical assessment review of investment proposals for financing. He prepared Terms of Reference for consultants and implementing partners and assessed and advised partner organizations on the training needs of beneficiaries to allow for tailor–made interventions for business growth. He coordinated and managed a One Million Dollar credit portfolio in the three northern regions involving eleven (11) Rural and Community Banks.
Organization for Livelihood Enhancement Services (OLIVES) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization. OLIVES’ focus is on community development with emphasis on livelihoods improvement.