This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Associated with Projects R6748, R7542, R8071, R8221. ew community-based
systems fill a big need for seed. Now, farmers can get seed of the
varieties they prefer. Community networks find suitable new varieties,
involve farmers in selection, and produce seed commercially. They are
market-oriented, and cost-effective because they involve all
stakeholders—farmer groups, government and non-government research and
development organisations, seed traders and entrepreneurs.
Community-based seed organisations dealing with rice, wheat, maize,
kidney bean, chickpea, mungbean, lentil, field pea and oilseed rape
already operate in Nepal, and are spreading to India and Bangladesh.
They boost local seed markets, open possibilities for people to start
seed-trading businesses, and offer farmers a 'basket' of their
favourite crop varieties from which to choose.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (20 pp.) taken from the CD.
PSP36, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 42.