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Seed Dissemination

Main Focus

The success of our ABC and WACC breeding programmes has led to the development of new seed lines resistant to specific constraints. Once seed lines have been certified and approved for release the materials need to be supplied to the farmers. The Trust is helping to support researchers in promoting farming best practice and aiding them to deliver improved seed.


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SARI, Tamale, Ghana

Research Title: "Promoting farmer access to improved seeds".
PI: Dr Francis Kusi

The WACC project at this institution has developed five cowpea varieties, recommended for release by the National Varietal Release and Registration Committee. The lines were bred for aphid resistance and increased yield, and are now being delivered to farmers via two methods; nuclear farmer and community farmer approaches, which both aim to train farmers in good agricultural practices, and promote and supply improved seed lines. The project’s aim is to improve the capacity of cowpea farmers to ensure sustainability and provide high quality varieties of cowpea.

INRAN, Maradi, Niger

Research Title: "Transfer and distribution of new varieties of early, productive, Striga gesnerioides resistant cowpeas (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp.) in Niger".
PI: Dr Aichatou Abdoulaye

The INRAN research station at Maradi is multiplying four improved cowpea seed lines, resistant to Striga, provided by the WACC project at UAM, Nigeria. Technicians and extension agents have been trained to manage farmer demonstration plots set up across three regions of Niger: Maradi, Zinder and Dosso. Farmers, recruited and trained to maintain the plots, are testing the varieties.

ITRA / CRASS, Kara, Togo

Research Title: "Improving cowpea varieties: Assessment of cowpea varieties resistant to Striga gesnerioides using farmer participatory research in Togo".
PI: Béré Tchabana

The project is training farmers to be seed producers for their communities. Farmers are supplied with improved seed varieties produced in other KT projects, and trained to be seed producers; knowledgeable on good agricultural practices and seed production so they can produce certified seed. Field days demonstrate the benefits of the new varieties to the local communities.

SUA, Morogoro, Tanzania

Research Title: "Factors influencing smallholder farmers' decision to use quality seed of improved common bean varieties in Tanzania".
PI: Dr Susan Nchimbi Msolla

Kirkhouse Trust PhD scholar Joshua Kidudu, registered at the Sokoine University of Agriculture, will research the factors that influence farmers' decisions to use improved seed varieties. There is low uptake of improved common bean seed varieties in Tanzania, yet huge scope to increase yield. It is hoped the research can help to form a strategy for seed dissemination policy that is better tailored to the requirements of smallholder farmers to increase uptake of improved seed lines.