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Addressing gendered varietal and trait preferences in West African maize

Creator: Amare Tegbaru
Creator: Menkir, A.
Creator: Baco, N.
Creator: Idrisou, L.
Creator: Sissoko, D.
Creator: Eyitayo, A.O.
Creator: Tsedeke Abate
Creator: Tahirou, A.
Year: 2020
Format: PDF
Language: English
Publisher: Elsevier
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Type: Article
Country focus: West Africa
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
Volume: 20
DOI: 10.1016/j.wdp.2020.100268
Keywords: Traits
Description: Maize is the most important cereal in Sub Saharan Africa; however, yields are significantly lower than those possible with improvements in cultivars and management. Maize breeding programs need to produce material with improved resistance to increasing environmental stresses and incorporate the man and women farmer preferred traits that relate to yield, postharvest, nutritional, and processing qualities. This research uses gender-disaggregated data recorded during participatory on-farm maize trials by the Stress Tolerant Maize Program conducted in agroecological zones of Benin, Nigeria and Mali) to identify men and women farmer's expressed varietal and trait preferences in order to evaluate plant breeding strategy. A multi-stage varietal and trait identification process was used to identify gender shared and distinctive varietal trait preferences for product development and dissemination. The data indicates that progress has been made by the Project in considering the range of traits valued by both men and women farmers and indicates those that should be considered for gender-focused product pipeline development in the future. The study concludes by underlining the need for adjustment in breeding to improve partnerships with food scientists, postharvest specialists and private seed sector on the packaging and delivery of technologies to farmers and other value chain actors.
Agrovoc: MAIZE
Agrovoc: GENDER
ISSN: 2452-2929
Journal: World Development Perspectives

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    Maize breeding, phytopathology, entomology, physiology, quality, and biotech

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