[Mar. 31, 2017] Participatory sorghum breeding in Burkina Faso: creating new varieties with and for farmers.

“In the mid-1990s, sorghum plant breeders adopted a new varietal creation method in Burkina Faso: participatory plant breeding. It is based on a simple principle: involving producers in all stages of research. This was to be a turning point in plant breeding. Combined with the production of certified seed, participatory plant breeding has proved to be highly effective in creating and disseminating varieties that meet the needs of farmers. It has led to the widespread adoption of improved varieties, the development of seed production and the professionalization of all producers. A review of an innovation that is rewriting the rules for farmers and researchers.” To read more, click here

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