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Formal or Informal? Analysis of the Potato Seed System in Rwanda


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Ferrari, Leone; Fromm, Ingrid; Scheidegger, Urs and Muhire, Alexandre (2018) Formal or Informal? Analysis of the Potato Seed System in Rwanda. Journal of Agricultural Research, 3 (10), 000206.

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The aim of the study was to analyze the formal and informal potato seed supply system in Rwanda and their interactions (year 2016). Three instruments were applied during this research: formal and informal interviews and expert interviews.
In order to supply Rwandan farmers with high quality seed, the formal and informal systems must be complementary and mutually dependent. It is suggested that the certified seed production must be combined with the development of strong and targeted linkages along with the informal seed sector. At the same time, the strengthening of the informal seed system must be improved to increase the seed quality produced by farmers. The promotion of the integrated participative approaches in breeding, seed production and distribution would help improve the complementary between the two systems. By doing this, the actual quantity of certified seed could have a major impact on the overall seed supply and increase the seed quantity in the country.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Seed Systems, Potato, Formal and Informal Systems, Rwanda
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
Crop husbandry > Post harvest management and techniques
Research affiliation: Switzerland > HAFL
Deposited By: Ferrari, Leone
ID Code:37916
Deposited On:12 Jun 2020 13:17
Last Modified:12 Jun 2020 13:17
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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