A crowdsourcing approach to detect farmers? preferences uri icon

abstract

  • Durum wheat is a strategic crop for food security and livelihood improvement of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, yet is productivity is declining largely due to climate change. It is critical to identify accessions with adaptive traits to the changing climatic conditions. From 400 accessions of durum wheat, farmers identified the one that match their needs. We subsequently distributed a small amount of seeds of the most preferred ones using a crowdsourcing approach. From feedback received from farmers on performance under their growing conditions we were able to identify the ones with highest potential. This forms the basis of enhanced local seed systems

publication date

  • 2014