participatory characterization of genetic resources

Published: 29 October 2019
Last edited: 29 October 2019

Through participatory characterization with farmers, researchers are able to make the best selection of a given crop genotype. The researcher and the potential beneficiaries (mostly farmers) plant and manage the crops together and then characterize it according to some mutually agreed criteria. It is best when the crop is grown on the farmers field and managed using farmer practices.


Communication, outreach and awareness building
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution
Planning phase

Enabling factors

Trust between researchers and farmer.

Interest in the farmers in what the researchers are doing.

Lessons learned

Before initiating the project, it is important do conduct some survey so that one can get an idea of what the local community needs; the need should be expressed by the community. This guarantees the uptake and sustainability of new ideas and inteventions.

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