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Farmers' Seed Production: New Approaches and Practices

This handbook covers a range of issues relating to local seed supply systems in regards to technical and practical information on seed production and variety maintenance. Approaches and methods are presented to support on-farm seed production by small-scale farmers in developing countries.The first part describes the functioning of local seed systems and discusses their strengths, limitations and possibilities for improvement. The second part contains technical information on seed production, selection, storage and distribution, and varietal maintenance and improvement of different groups of important food crops.The third part contains practical guidelines about how researchers and agriculturalists might carry out surveys to investigate local seed systems and their limitations, and how they can involve interested farmers in practical experimentation to improve their crop seed.

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