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Record number 342231
Title Getting genes: Rethinking seed system analysis and reform for sorghum in Ethiopia
Author(s) McGuire, S.
Source Wageningen University. Promotor(en): Paul Richards, co-promotor(en): Conny Almekinders. - Wageningen : - ISBN 9789085041795 - 279
Department(s) Technology and Agrarian Development
Publication type Dissertation, internally prepared
Publication year 2005
Keyword(s) plantenveredeling - sorghum - sorghum bicolor - zaden - zaadkwaliteit - boeren - bedrijfssystemenonderzoek - genetische bronnen van plantensoorten - ethiopië - inheemse kennis - opslag van zaden - plant breeding - sorghum - sorghum bicolor - seeds - seed quality - farmers - farming systems research - indigenous knowledge - plant genetic resources - ethiopia - seed storage
Categories Plant Breeding and Genetics (General)
Abstract Crop improvement and seed supply are central activities in agricultural development. Many interventions have sought to involve farmers more closely in crop development and seed supply, to improve the effectiveness of plant science, enhance biodiversity conservation, or empower farmers, with Participatory Plant Breeding' (PPB) being the most recent strategy for reform. However, there is little critical analysis of the existing technical and institutional practices of formal systems, and almost no knowledge at all of farmers' own strategies for accessing and using crop genetic resources. For these reasons, interventions risk being mis-directed. Moreover, without a broad analysis of institutions and policies, interventions may result lead to only temporary change, at best. This research analyses both farmer and formal seed systems for sorghum inEthiopia, identifying the specific challenges they face, set in historical, social, and institutional context. This is rarely done in discussions of reform, and suggests different that different types of interventions are needed than usually promoted by PPB, or other participatory reforms. Using practice and path-dependency as analytical starting points, this thesis explores the history, policies, key decisions, and institutional cultures in formal breeding and seed supply. Farmers own genetic resource management was directly observed in two communities, using both qualitative and quantitative approaches to explore social relations in seed exchange, seed storage and selection, and pathways of innovation. This broad scaled-approach highlighted how biological and social process interact in genetic resource management, particularly around the institutional forces shaping formal seed system practices, and the importance of social relationships in securing access to seed and germplasm in farmer seed systems. Analysing both seed systems together in this inter-disciplinary fashion offers fresh insights into seed system reform, and highlights key challenges, particularly in relation to securing access to seed and information, appropriate scale of work, and institutional barriers to change.
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