Chapter 8

Participatory Breeding

Developing Improved and Relevant Crop Varieties With Farmers

Eva Weltzien and Anja Christinck


This chapter exposes the concept of participatory plant breeding (PPB), and relates it to the theory of plant breeding. Essential elements of PPB are new forms of cooperation between farmers and researchers, a detailed assessment of agroecological conditions and farmers’ needs, the use of local germplasm, a decentralized organization of selection and variety testing, and innovative strategies for seed production and distribution. This chapter outlines how PPB can practically be organized in the various stages of a plant breeding program, starting from setting objectives, generating or assembling variability, ...

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