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dc.contributorSmale, Melindaen_US
dc.contributorAssima, Amidouen_US
dc.contributorWeltzien, Evaen_US
dc.contributorRattunde, Freden_US
dc.creatorKergna, Alphaen_US
dc.identifier.citationAlpha Kergna, Melinda Smale, Amidou Assima, Eva Weltzien, Fred Rattunde. (26/9/2016). The potential economic impact of guinea-race sorghum hybrids in Mali: Comparing research paradigms. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.en_US
dc.description.abstractRural Malians who grow dryland crops depend on sorghum as a primary food staple. Despite steady advances in sorghum research, in this risk-prone environment, achieving major gains in national sorghum yields has posed a challenge. We assess the potential economic impact of the first, Guinea-race sorghum hybrids produced and diffused using participatory plant breeding with decentralized, farmer-managed seed systems. We compare this approach to formal plant breeding with a centralized, state-managed seed system, which was the approach pursued prior to 2000. To incorporate risk, we augment the economic surplus model by applying Monte Carlo sampling to simulate distributions of model parameters. A census of sorghum varieties in 58 villages in the high-potential sorghum production zone serves as the adoption baseline. Our findings indicate that research on sorghum hybrids is a sound investment, but particularly when combined with locally-based mechanisms for disseminating seed. In part, this finding reflects the fact that despite many years of efforts aimed at liberalizing the seed sector in Mali, the sorghum seed system remains largely farmer-based.en_US
dc.publisherThe African Association of Agricultural Economistsen_US
dc.subjectsorghum hybridsen_US
dc.titleThe potential economic impact of guinea-race sorghum hybrids in Mali: Comparing research paradigmsen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
cg.contributor.centerInstitut d'Economie Rurale - IERen_US
cg.contributor.centerMichigan State University - MSUen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics - ICRISATen_US
cg.contributor.crpCRP on Dryland Cereals - DCen_US
cg.contributor.funderNot Applicableen_US
cg.coverage.regionWestern Africaen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US

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