This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.
Summary for Project titles: R7122: Participatory Plant Breeding in Rice for High Potential Production Systems in the Terai and low hills of Nepal and R8071: Participatory plant breeding in high potential production systems - an evaluation of products and methods.
One type doesn't fit all when it comes to rice varieties for the huge diversity of physical and socioeconomic environments in Nepal. But by putting customers—rice farmers—first, varieties that match a range of needs can be produced rapidly. The term 'client-oriented breeding' means that farmers select strains specifically for the particular environments in which they live. Using these methods, the Nepalese farmers saw tremendous increases in productivity over the old varieties. Many farmers in many districts are now using the varieties selected by this process and several community groups across the country are also producing and distributing seed. The area planted to the new varieties is expanding two- to three-fold a year and there is huge potential for further expansion.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (27 pp.) taken from the CD.
PSP13, 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 32.