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Seed Trade in Rural Markets: Implications for Crop Diversity and Agricultural Development

Edited By: Leslie Lipper, Leigh Anderson and Timothy J Dalton

256 pages, index, graphs


Paperback | Nov 2009 | #180894 | ISBN-13: 9781844077854
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About this book

Improving the performance of agricultural markets is a keystone of current agricultural development policy. A major thrust of this effort is to increase the returns to agricultural production by improving farmer's access to markets. Markets have been found to be an increasingly important source of the seeds of crops and varieties low income farmers need to improve their livelihoods, encompassing both the formal and informal seed sector. Markets also have major impacts on agricultural biodiversity, by affecting farmers' choice of crops and varieties to grow.

They are not, however, a homogenous institution, although all too frequently policies and regulations are developed as though they were. Markets vary considerably depending on the participants, on the institutions that govern how and what they exchange, and on local agricultural, economic and social conditions. Developing effective strategies to improve the way agricultural markets work, including how farmers use crop genetic resources, requires understanding of these variations.

"Seed Trade in Rural Markets" presents a unique set of case studies from Bolivia, India, Kenya, Mali and Mexico on agricultural seed and product markets that describe three important market characteristics expected to affect farmers' access to seeds and varieties: the range of varieties on offer, the information provided about them, and relative prices. The case studies also provide information on social, agricultural and economic factors which may be affecting the market availability, information, and cost of crop genetic resources, and ultimately the capacity to stimulate agricultural development.

'This book provides a critical link between the study of agricultural biodiversity and the economics of market development across several low income nations. The editors do a brilliant job of synthesizing diverse case studies and identifying policy opportunities to improve the development of national seed systems.' Prabhu L. Pingali, Deputy Director, Agricultural Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 'This book is an excellent synthesis of issues and case studies on seed trade and implications for crop genetic resources. It provides fascinating examples related to human livelihoods and indirectly, to crop evolution.' Louise Jackson, Associate Professor, Department of Vegetable Crops, University of California Davis, USA, and Co-chair DIVERSITAS agroBIODIVERSITY Scientific Committee "Seed Trade in Rural Markets' is a choice pick for any agricultural studies collection' The Midwest Book Review. 'This book examines the range of seed varieties on offer in local markets, the information about them and the relative prices.' New Agriculturist, April 2010.


Part I: Setting the Stage
1: Dominant paradigms surrounding agricultural markets, agricultural development and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity
2: Theoretical and empirical state of knowledge on assessing the links between markets, development and agrobiodiversity
3: Addressing the gaps between theory and evidence: a conceptual framework

Part II: Country Case Studies
4: Mali, Millet/sorghum Doentza and San Case study
5: Bolivia Potato Case Tiraque/Pocono study
6: Kenya, Pigeon pea Eastern Province Case study
7: India, Minor millets Tamil Nadu Case study
8: Mexico, Maize, Chiapas Case study

Part III: Synthesis and Conclusions
9: Access to diversity in markets: Implications for agricultural development
10: Access to diversity in markets: Implications for sustainable use of agrobiodiversity
11: Conclusion and implications for developing policies to manage seed markets for sustainable agricultural development.

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Leslie Lipper is a Senior Environmental Economist at FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.)
C. Leigh Anderson is a Professor in the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Timothy J. Dalton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University.

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