Enhancing Smallholder Farmers’ Access to Seed of Improved Legume Varieties Through Multi-Stakeholder Platforms

Akpo, E and Ojiewo, C O and Kapran, I and Omoigui, L O and Diama, A and Varshney, R K (2021) Enhancing Smallholder Farmers’ Access to Seed of Improved Legume Varieties Through Multi-Stakeholder Platforms. Springer, Singapore. ISBN 978-981-15-8014-7

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The high percentage of farmers (80–90%), including the pro-poor in remote areas, who have no access to recently released and high-yielding varieties proves the failure of various seed delivery models implemented so far. The ideal model to grow a crop commodity business to reach farmers in developing countries with seed of improved legume crop varieties has been a hard topic for development organizations. Past studies have shown that the full and balanced integration of multiple stakeholders’ knowledge and contexts into the process of agricultural technology development increases the uptake and ownership among end users.

Item Type: Book
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
Research Program : Genetic Gains
Research Program : West & Central Africa
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Improved legume variety, Productivity of smallholder farming, Seed delivery model, Innovation platform, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia
Subjects: Others > Smallholder Farmers
Others > South Asia
Others > Crop Yield
Others > Seeds/Seed Bank
Others > Legume Crops
Others > Sub-Saharan Africa
Depositing User: Mr Arun S
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2021 05:53
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2021 03:50
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/11690
Acknowledgement: This book would have not been effective without the usual collaboration of the country legume improvement programs of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and India. The editors appreciate their hard work and time to report their experiences and share their side of innovation platform experiences which enrich the content of this book. To all stakeholders, especially farmers in remote communities, staff of development organizations, and every direct and indirect commodity value chain actor, who made the reported experiences here possible, the editors express our deepest appreciations. The editors are grateful to Dr. Emmanuel Monyo, former Coordinator of TLIII project, for assisting to review the different book chapters. The support of Springer Nature team, namely Aakanksha Tyagi and Vaishnavi Venkatesh during the book publication process was commendable. The editors express their gratitude to the team for their helpful guidelines. The editors also express their appreciation to Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), and Dr. Jacqueline d’Arros Hughes, Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) for prefacing this book. Finally, the editors express their gratitude to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) for the financial investments that permitted to implement the innovation platform interventions along various legume seed value chains, upon which the reported experiences developed.
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