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Informal potato seed systems in the Andes: Why are they important and what should we do with them?

Authors
Journal
World Development
0305-750X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
27
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0305-750x(98)00128-4
Disciplines
  • Mathematics

Abstract

Abstract In Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador informal potato seed systems are much more important than formal systems. National seed projects recognize complementarities between the two systems and are seeking to link them. Arguments used to underpin linkages are assessed in the light of available evidence and accepted with some reservations. Project strategies have ranged from seed injection with minimum intervention to extensive reform ofthe informal system. All of the projects have met with some success. A number of general lessons are drawn for trapping the potential of informal seed systems.

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