Local seed systems and their importance for an improved seed supply in developing countries

Almekinders, C.J.M. and Louwaars, N.P. and Bruijn, G.H. (1994) Local seed systems and their importance for an improved seed supply in developing countries. Euphytica, 78 (3). pp. 207-216.

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Varriety use and development, seed production and storage by farmers under local conditions, and seed exchange mechanisms are presented as the three principal components of a dynamic system that forms the most important seed source of food crops for small farmers in developing countries. The information on this topic is based on a literature review and a case study. Analysis of strengths and weaknesses of local seed systems leads to the conclusion that local seed systems and the formal system are complementary. Integrated approaches in breeding, and seed production and distribution show to have promising potential for improving seed supply for small farmers.

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Additional Information: The authors thank IVO Development Institute for the permission to use results from the special project 'Sistemas locales de provision de semillas yde seguriad alimenticia en paises en vias de desarollo,which was carried out in cooperation with the Tropical Science Department of the Wageningen Agricultural University and financed by the Minister of Technical Cooperation. Ir.w.de Boef is acknowledged for providing useful discussion on an earlier draft of manuscript.
Uncontrolled Keywords: small farmers - landraces - genetic diversity
Author Affiliation: Department of Agronomy,Wageningen Agricultural University,Haarweg 333 Reeenlaan 3,6705 BZ Wageningen
Subjects: Social Sciences
Crop Improvement
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Arbind Seth
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2012 08:07
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2012 08:07
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00027519
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/8130

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