Author: Agrilinks, 2015
Topics: Informal seed sector, access to seeds, quality seeds

Many smallholder farmers rely on local seed varieties to produce staple food crops. Distributed through informal systems, farmers select varieties based on a number of factors including environmental considerations, socioeconomic factors, access and taste preferences. These systems may contribute to the food security of a region, but farmers may also encounter barriers to accessing good quality seed including quality controls and storage issues.

In this Ag Sector Council seminar, geographer and environmental scientist Karl Zimmerer from the Pennsylvania State University described his research in mapping local land races and highlighted some of the lessons learned from this body of work.

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