Innovative Partnership Approach to Chickpea seed production and Technology Dissemination: Lessons from Ethiopia

Chichaybelu, M and Geleta, T and Girma, N and Fikre, A and Eshete, M and Ojiewo, C O (2018) Innovative Partnership Approach to Chickpea seed production and Technology Dissemination: Lessons from Ethiopia. Ethiopian Journal of Crop Science, 6 (2). pp. 1-18. ISSN 2072-8506

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Innovative partnership in chickpea seed production and technology dissemination was assessed in increasing chickpea productivity through facilitated access to quality seed. The study was designed to evaluate the benefits gained from partnership implemented for the last 10 years in chickpea technology by seed system of crop production. Farmers' participatory variety selection (FPVS)' has been implemented as epicenter of the new innovation. The varieties selected by the farmers were ultimately demonstrated and visited by large number of farmers and other stakeholders. This was complemented with the establishment and technical backstopping of farmers' seed producer associations to produce and market quality seed to fill the gap by the formal sector. Intervention with chickpea technologies were initiated right after training partners in chickpea seed and grain vale chain. From 2008 to 2015, over 350 FPVS trials were conducted concurrently with demonstrations. The farmers' seed producer associations cover the lion's share of the seed supply and became an innovative approach that enhanced the chickpea seed system. The production of certified and quality declared seed increased from 632.7t in 2008 to 3290 tons in 2014. The drastic increase in productivity and production of chickpea during the intervention period were largely attributed to the interventions made. The national chickpea productivity has doubled in a decade's time (2006-2015) and attained peak of 1.9ton ha-1 in 2014. Similarly production showed drastic increase during the intervention period where the production in 2015 was 124% more compared to the production in 2006. Lessons were driven from the approach that many development parties and the government policy recognized the approach as key player for enhancing the chickpea sector.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
Research Program : Genetic Gains
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Innovative partnership, chickpea, seed production, technology dissemination, chickpea productivity, chickpea technology, seed system, crop production, demonstration, participatory variety selection, seed, technology
Subjects: Others > Innovation
Mandate crops > Chickpea
Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Others > Horn of Africa
Others > Ethiopia
Others > Seed Systems
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 07 May 2018 08:19
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 03:40
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Projects: Tropical Legumes III (TL III)
Funders: Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation
Acknowledgement: The authors are grateful to the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation for supporting the chickpea improvement program through Tropical Legumes projects that made significant contribution to the R&D success
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