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Proximity is a plus: The economics of farmer seed production and distribution in developing countries

By: Cromwell, E | ILCA/ICARDA Research Planning Workshop on Seed Production by Smallholder Farmers. Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). 13-15 Jun 1994.
Contributor(s): Tripp, R.B [coaut.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookAnalytics: Show analyticsPublisher: 1994ISSN: 92-9053-288-2.Subject(s): Agricultural population | Economic geography | Enterprises | Farms | Human population | Occupations | Organization, administration and management of agricultural enterprises or farms | Plant production | Production | Production economics | Rural population | Seed production | Small enterprises | Supply balanceDDC classification: 95-130048 Summary: Using information collected as part of the Overseas Development Institute's on-going seeds research programme, this paper investigates the economics of farmer seed production and distribution in developing countries, including their social equity and gender aspects. The paper concludes that the conventional contract grower approach to involving smallholders in seed production, which copies formal sector organisational structures and methods, does not necessarily make economic sense. Instead, the paper suggests re-thinking the approach, to support and build on the traditional seed production and distribution mechanisms that already exist within small farm communities. The role for external organisations in supporting these alternative farmer-based seed schemes is discussedCollection: AGRIS Collection
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Using information collected as part of the Overseas Development Institute's on-going seeds research programme, this paper investigates the economics of farmer seed production and distribution in developing countries, including their social equity and gender aspects. The paper concludes that the conventional contract grower approach to involving smallholders in seed production, which copies formal sector organisational structures and methods, does not necessarily make economic sense. Instead, the paper suggests re-thinking the approach, to support and build on the traditional seed production and distribution mechanisms that already exist within small farm communities. The role for external organisations in supporting these alternative farmer-based seed schemes is discussed

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