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Seed Provision and Agricultural Development

This book examines seed management in traditional farming systems, reviews the history of formal plant breeding and the origins of seed trade, and examines the roles of the public and private sectors in the contemporary seed systems of industrialized and developing countries. The book also describes the major types of aid interventions in developing country seed systems and explains why many of these have not been successful. The examples in this book are drawn from original research in Asia, Africa and Latin America as well as from an extensive review of the literature. The result is a comprehensive picture of seed provision.

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