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Title: Seeds and synergies : innovating rural development in China
Authors: Yiching, Song
Vernooy, Ronnie
Keywords: PLANT BREEDING
MAIZE
HYBRIDS
FARMERS
RURAL DEVELOPMENT
PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH
AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION
CHINA
AGROBIODIVERSITY
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: IDRC
Abstract: Farmers and researchers too often live and work in different realities. Researchers breed plant hybrids in the laboratory that are successful only under ideal conditions, requiring just the right inputs of water, fertilizer, and pesticides. For resource-poor farmers, however, such conditions simply don’t exist. As a result, they either obtain poor results from high-tech seeds or continue to do the best they can with local varieties. Seeds and Synergies reflects on the innovative efforts of a group of Chinese researchers and extension agents to connect scientists and farmers. Their action research has enabled indigenous women and men in local communities to improve maize varieties jointly with professional plant breeders. This has invigorated maize production, created new livelihoods, and strengthened organizational capacities. The research has also resulted in policy changes in plant breeding, in the conservation of agricultural biodiversity, in the protection of indigenous knowledge, in farmer organization, and in the provision of services, notably extension. This book will be of particular interest to rural development scholars, researchers, teachers and trainers, and field-level practitioners.
Description: Co-published with Practical Action Publishing
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/44668
ISBN: 978-1-55250-48576
978-1-85339-705-9
Project Number: 104283
Project Title: Fair Access to and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources : National Policy Development (China, Jordan, Nepal, Peru)
Appears in Collections:2010-2019 / Années 2010-2019
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Food and Agriculture / Alimentation et agriculture
Environment and Biodiversity/Environnement et biodiversité
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South Asia and China / Asie du Sud et Chine
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