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Seed Provision and Agricultural Development

By: Robert Tripp

174 pages, Tabs

James Currey

Paperback | Jan 2001 | #116762 | ISBN: 0852554206
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Many of the current controversies over globalization, intellectual property protection, biotechnology and the future of farming are played out in seed provision. This book provides a detailed look at the strengths and weaknesses of 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 indusrialized 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 that allows the reader to go beyond the oversimplified views that dominate debates about agricultural development.

' original contribution to the field. Furthermore, because it synthesizes a lot of information about disparate areas, it will fill an important gap in the literature.' - Michael Morris at CIMMYT in Mexico


Agricultural development - Information & incentives: an outline of institutional analysis - Seeds & varieties - Farmers' seed management - The emergence of commercial seed trade - The public sector role in seed systems - The experience of seed development projects - Seed system development: a long season

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