This report describes the outcomes of a participatory crop improvement (PCI) project funded by Department for International Development (DFID) Plant Sciences Research Programme (PSP) in Nepal and implemented by LI-BIRD and CAZS Natural Resources (CAZS-NR) in collaboration with Department of Agriculture (DoA), Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) and several non-government organisations (NGOs). The study was done in October-November 2002 covering 3227 households from 58 villages of Chitwan and Nawalparasi districts in Nepal. The adoption of main season rice varieties identified by the project through participatory varietal selection (PVS) or bred using client general there was an association between the rate of increase in area of adoption and the amount of seed distributed. Some of the PVS and COB varieties had the highest rate of seed distribution in the villages. The evidence from seed distribution and the changes in adoption from 2001 to 2002 indicated that level of adoption was increasing substantially over time. The findings from the current study largely strengthen the earlier findings that the levels of adoption in informal research and development (IRD) methods are high. The high adoption levels proximal-to-IRD and IRD villages were due to the higher rate of seed distribution through farmer to farmer networks as well as the suitability of most varieties to the villages.
CAZS Natural Resources Discussion Paper No. 6, 22 pp.