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Seeds and Synergies

Innovating Rural Development in China

Seeds and Synergies by Song Yiching
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The many connections that “seeds” have or can lead to for improving rural livelihoods and quality of life are fascinating and worth in-depth examination.Norman Uphoff, Cornell University Policy makers and plant breeders should read this! Janice Jiggins, Wageningen University & Research Centre Farmers and researchers too often live and work in different realities. Researchers breed plant hybrids in the laboratory that are successful only under ideal conditions, requiring just the right inputs of water, fertilizer, and pesticides. For resource-poor farmers, however, such conditions simply don’t exist. As a result, they either obtain poor results from high-tech seeds or continue to do the best they can with local varieties. Seeds and Synergies reflects on the innovative efforts of a group of Chinese researchers and extension agents to connect scientists and farmers. Their action research has enabled indigenous women and men in local communities to improve maize varieties jointly with professional plant breeders. This has invigorated maize production, created new livelihoods, and strengthened organizational capacities. The research has also resulted in policy changes in plant breeding, in the conservation of agricultural biodiversity, in the protection of indigenous knowledge, in farmer organization, and in the provision of services, notably extension. This book will be of particular interest to rural development scholars, researchers, teachers and trainers, and field-level practitioners
International Development Research Centre; January 2010
155 pages; ISBN 9781552504857
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Title: Seeds and Synergies
Author: Song Yiching; Ronnie Vernooy