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Record number 343434
Title Farmers' views and management of sorghum diversity in Western Harerghe, Ethiopia: Implications for collaboration with formal breeding
Author(s) McGuire, S.
Source In: Farmers, scientists and plant breeding: Integrating knowledge and practice / Cleveland, D.A., Soleri, D., Wallingford : CABI - ISBN 9780851995854 - p. 107 - 135.
Department(s) Technology and Agrarian Development
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2002
Abstract This chapter examines farmers' goals, concepts and practices in sorghum genetic resource management in highland and lowland ecologies of Western Harerghe, Ethiopia, including how farmers perceive and access diversity, name varieties, make selections and manage their environments. Research results suggest that farmers' perceptions and actions can consist of both more general processes of crop biology or genetics, and more local aspects of environmental conditions, individual actors' goals and sociocultural contexts. The latter are less readily translated into terms familiar to plant breeders, but are none the less important. The differences in the nature and scale of environmental categories of breeders and farmers may be one reason why farmers feel that formally developed varieties rarely perform well in their fields. This analysis, coupled with direct investigation of formal breeding and its institutional context, explores implications for CPB.
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