This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R7324: Participatory plant breeding in finger
millet in India.
In dryland Karnataka, farmers readily took part in trials to improve
finger millet, a 'poor people's crop'. They adopted new varieties at
amazing rates and created a huge demand for improved finger millet seed.
One old variety was completely replaced by new ones and there were
spectacular increases in the amount and quality of grain harvested.
Previously, farmers grew old varieties— although they were prone to
disease and harvests were poor—because they were adapted to the harsh
conditions. Testing new varieties in their fields let farmers choose the
varieties that fitted in with their traditional farming system. They
were happy to trade-off less grain if that meant they could squeeze in a
crop of sesame, green gram or cowpea as well.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (12 pp.) taken from the CD.
PSP04, 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 26.