A Brief Overview of Smallholder Farmers’ Access to Seed of Improved Legume Varieties

Akpo, E and Ojiewo, C O and Omoigui, L O and Rubyogo, J C and Varshney, R K (2020) A Brief Overview of Smallholder Farmers’ Access to Seed of Improved Legume Varieties. In: Sowing Legume Seeds, Reaping Cash. Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore, pp. 1-2. ISBN 978-981-15-0844-8

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For decades, the vast majority of smallholder farmers in developing countries, mainly sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and to some extent South Asia (SA), heavily rely on non-improved and auto-saved variety seed, accounting for about 80% of their material used for planting. Though the seed use figures by farmers vary from one region to another, with West Africa showing the lowest rate of improved seed use (below 20%) and South Asia with much higher rate (up to 70%), the overall situation looks less encouraging. At the same time, substantial breakthroughs have been made by breeding programs, and many more are still in the pipeline. Some of the traits of recently developed varieties have targeted the consumers’ demands and farmers’ preferences.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: Research Program : Genetic Gains
Research Program : East & Southern Africa
Research Program : West & Central Africa
Uncontrolled Keywords: Grain legume productivity, Smallholder farmers, Impact stories, Multi-stakeholders, Sub-Saharan Africa, Tropical Legumes projects
Subjects: Others > Smallholder Farmers
Others > Genetics and Genomics
Others > Legume Crops
Others > Sub-Saharan Africa
Depositing User: Mr Arun S
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2020 08:29
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2020 09:24
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/11603
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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