Participatory Breeding and Research

Perhaps the most important key to promoting an integrated and dynamic agricultural system is in participatory interactions between marginal and favorable agricultural production areas. Empowerment of small scale farmers in marginal areas is crucial. Where formal and informal systems must converge, experience has shown us that in an interactive approach, with farmers taking the lead in the decision making and organization of agroecological initiatives, improves the

Fig. 11.2. Integrated PGR management: proposed system.

Fig. 11.2. Integrated PGR management: proposed system.

chances that agrobiodiversity enhancement efforts will succeed.2 It has likewise been demonstrated that scientists can improve the relevance of their research by drawing on farmers' own informal methods of experimenting with unfamiliar cultivars and practices.17

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