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Collaboration of Farmers and Breeders: Participatory Crop Improvement in Perspective

Participatory Crop Improvement (PCI) has developed over the past decade as an alternative and complementary breeding approach to Formal Crop Improvement (FCI).  PCI principally aims at more effectively addressing the needs of farmers in marginal areas in developing countries.This paper describes the rationale behind the emerging of the PCI-concept, the first experiences, and its place in a development-context. The paper uses the distinction in PCI between PVS (Participatory Varietal Selection, i.e. participatory selection among varieties and advanced materials) and PPB (Participatory Plant Breeding, i.e. selection within segregating materials). While successful experiences of PVS are reported, the potentials of PPB are still to be explored.

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