WP6 - Participatory plant breeding and management
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Due the diversified needs in terms of varieties for low-input and organic agriculture, new approaches for variety innovation are needed. While scale economy is not possible, one must capitalize on the numerous skills and experiences of users and stakeholders involved in the production of new practices and knowledge. Such participatory research is in line with the ongoing transformations of the modes for producing knowledge and innovations: model for a co-production of knowledge (Callon et al 2001), “science in the agora” (Nowotny 2001) or ascending innovation (van Hippel 2005).
WP6 objective is to develop participatory plant breeding and management strategies to answer the specific and original demand from marginal areas or small scale agriculture of developing countries, Europe and Africa.
In Participatory Plant Breeding and Management (PPBM), the crop evolves under the combined effects of natural and artificial selection, and takes into account the diversified management practices, needs, expectations and traditions of farmers, end-users and consumers preferences. PPBM is therefore a methodology to develop new diversity resources and original varieties adapted to low input and organic farming. Using PPBM approaches, WP6 will produce improved germplasm, populations and/or varieties, specifically adapted to these conditions that will be more easily adopted by farmers.