Securing the Harvest: Biotechnology, Breeding, and Seed Systems for African Crops

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CABI, 2001 - Technology & Engineering - 208 pages
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Improved food security, led by increased productivity among Africa s many small-scale farmers, has been the aim of significant national and international effort in recent decades. This book grew out of a two-year exploration conducted by the food security theme of The Rockefeller Foundation focusing on the potential for crop genetic improvement to contribute to food security among rural populations in Africa. It provides a critical assessment of the ways in which recent breakthroughs in biotechnology, participatory plant breeding, and seed systems can be broadly employed in developing and delivering more productive crop varieties in Africa s diverse agricultural environments."
 

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Contents

1 Introduction and Summary
3
2 The Challenge
9
3 The Roots of Hunger
29
4 Breeding Between an Art and a Science
35
Expanded Possibilities
59
Reaching the Poor in Numbers
75
7 Conclusions
95
II Exploring New Strategies for Improving Africas Food Crops
98
10 Pearl Millet
123
11 Rice
131
12 Cowpea
139
13 Cassava
147
14 Banana
157
Production 1000 t of principal food crops in subSaharan Africa 1997
167
Per capita production kg per person of principal food crops in subSaharan Africa 1997
169
References
171

8 Maize
99
9 Sorghum
111

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J. DeVries, The Rockefeller Foundation, Nairobi. G. Toenniessen, The Rockefeller Foundation, New York.

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