Visionary African Plant Breeders Tackle Issue of Better and More Available Seed for Farmers
August 13, 2012 Editor 0
This article summarizes a meeting held by over 100 African crop breeding experts to discuss how to meet smallholder farmers’ need for high performing and high impact seed varieties.
“In Africa, farmers have largely not benefited from improved seeds due to a lack of localized crop breeding and efficient, dependable seed delivery system. And so crop yields in most of Africa have remained one-third of those produced by farmers in other developing regions of the worlds. Good seed is not just the driving force behind good harvests and eliminating poverty and hunger, it’s the foundation for rapid economic growth,” said Jane Karuku, AGRA president.
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