This case study is an impact assessment of new rice varieties, primarily ones that were developed through client-oriented breeding (COB) in DFID Renewable Natural Resource Strategy (RNRRS) supported projects of the Plant Sciences Research Programme (PSP). The first project, on participatory crop improvement in high potential production systems, ran from 1997-2000 and was followed by a second one (2000-2003).
This study focuses on technological innovations - mainly on eight COB varieties, namely: Barkhe 1027, Barkhe 2014, Barkhe 3004, Judi 572, Barkhe 2001, Barkhe 2024, Sugandha 1 and Sunaulo Sugandha. It also considers one of four varieties identified by participatory varietal selection (PVS), namely BG 1442. This is one of seven case studies on rainfed agriculture innovations in south Asia, which are part of a broader ‘cluster study’.
Rainfed agriculture impact study No 2, 105 pp.
New rice varieties for Nepal: Outcomes of client-oriented breeding or identified by participatory varietal selection