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Seeds and Synergies

Edited By Yiching Song,Ronnie Vernooy
ISBN: 9781853397059
Seeds and Synergies reflects on the innovative efforts of a group of Chinese researchers and extension agents to connect scientists and farmers. This book will be of particular interest to rural development scholars, researchers, teachers and trainers, and field-level practitioners.

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  • Synopsis
    Farmers and researchers too often live and work in different realities. Researchers breed plant hybrids in the laboratory that are successful only under ideal conditions, requiring just the right inputs of water, fertilizer, and pesticides. For resource-poor farmers, however, such conditions simply don’t exist. As a result, they either obtain poor results from high-tech seeds or continue to do the best they can with local varieties. Seeds and Synergies reflects on the innovative efforts of a group of Chinese researchers and extension agents to connect scientists and farmers. Their action research has enabled indigenous women and men in local communities to improve maize varieties jointly with professional plant breeders. This has invigorated maize production, created new livelihoods, and strengthened organizational capacities. The research has also resulted in policy changes in plant breeding, in the conservation of agricultural biodiversity, in the protection of indigenous knowledge, in farmer organization, and in the provision of services, notably extension. This book will be of particular interest to rural development scholars, researchers, teachers and trainers, and field-level practitioners.
  • Table of Contents
    Prelims (Foreword - Huang Jikun,Preface - Ronnie Vernooy and Song Yiching)
    1. Searching for synergy
    Song Yiching and Ronnie Vernooy
    2. Maize and the formal agricultural research and development system: evolution, challenges and alternatives
    Zhang Shihuang, Huang Kaijian and Song Yiching
    3. Farmers’ changing livelihood strategies in rural
    Guangxi Song Yiching, Wang Xiufen, Li Jingsong and Ronnie Vernooy
    4. Seeds of inspiration: breathing new life into the formal agricultural research and development system
    Song Yiching, Zhang Shihuang, Huang Kaijian, Qin Lanqiun, Li Jingsong and Ronnie Vernooy, with the collaboration of farmer plant breeders from Wentan, Guzhai and Gushang villages and Dujie township
    5. Farmer cooperation and organization: new challenges, new networks, new identities
    Yang Huan, with Gao Xiaowei and Li Jingsong
    6. Opening our eyes: renewing the Chinese public extension system
    Zhang Li, with Luo Haichun, Huang Bailing and Pan Qunying
    7. Changing rural development in China
    Ronnie Vernooy and Song Yiching
    Back Matter (References and Index)
  • Endorsements
    ‘The challenge of improving food security and reducing poverty by exploiting crop genetic potentials is more complex than entailed in Green Revolution strategies of developing and distributing “improved” varieties. This book explores the potentials of existing varieties and the operational context of local farmer participation, farmer interactions with state-sponsored research and extension, and achieving rural empowerment for broader transformations. The many connections that “seeds” have or can lead to for improving rural livelihoods and quality of life are fascinating and worth in-depth examination.’ Norman Uphoff, former director of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development, Cornell University ‘Seeds and Synergies presents inspiring evidence of change in practice and policy in the governance of seed systems and the conservation of agro-biodiversity. Policy makers and plant breeders should read this!’ Janice Jiggins, Professor and guest researcher, Communication and Innovation Studies, Wageningen University Research Centre, Netherlands.
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    Editor Yiching Song,Ronnie Vernooy
    Number of Pages 152
    Format Paperback / softback
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