Farmer Participatory Evaluation and Dissemination of Improved Groundnut Varieties in West Africa uri icon

abstract

  • This report summarizes results from the Farmer Participatory Variety selection and dissemination activities conducted in Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal under the CFC funded Groundnut Seed Project. Thirty-nine (39) new varieties were tested by farmers under their management and resources across the four countries. Out of the varieties tested, 17 were selected based on the farmers? village level criteria which included high pod and fodder yield, resistance to diseases, taste, oil content, drought tolerance and marketability. More than 30 farmers? associations and small scale seed producers emerged and are producing and distributing seed of selected varieties in the pilot areas. More than 150 tons of seed of different classes that could cover 100,000 hectares were produced. About 74% of the farmers in pilot sites are using modern varieties and about 67% of the groundnut area is planted with them. Participation of farmers in variety selection is majordeterminant of variety adoption

publication date

  • 2008