Designing successful farmer-managed seed systems

Bal, S.S. and Douglas, J.E. (1992) Designing successful farmer-managed seed systems. Working Paper. Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development, Morrilton, Arkansas, USA .

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In this paper, we first look briefly at farmers of small holdings and their contribution to their national economies. Second, we examine how farmers perceive seed and what factors govern their adoption of new seed technologies, ranging from traditional farming patterns and economic considerations to information provided by support and research organizations. These factors influence the success of any program designed to make farmer-managed seed production systems significant contributors to national requirements. Third, we discuss conventional national seed programs and how they are relevant to small farmers. Fourth, specific programs in Nepal, Senegal, the Gambia, Guatemala, Colombia, and Bolivia are considered. The results show that these varied approaches can produce good quality seed of improved varieties with farmer participation. With this increased source of readily available seed, the goal of increased production may be realized

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Seed Production; Design; Small farms; Farming systems research, RP7556
Author Affiliation: Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development Route 3, Box 376 Morrilton, Arkansas 72110-9537, USA
Subjects: Crop Improvement
Crop Improvement > Seed Technology
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr T L Gautham
Date Deposited: 22 May 2014 08:41
Last Modified: 22 May 2014 08:41

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