Seed systems II

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Farmer-selected sorghum panicles that will serve as seed for the next season. In Mali, farmers use to say "A good Malian farmer produces his or her own seeds” and also "“If you have good seeds, you will be ahead of the game”.
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Bettina Haussmann
Degustation of new pearl millet cultivars with women at Falwel (Niger). Evaluating taste and other culinary characteristics is important before a new cultivar can enter farmer-led seed production.
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Bettina Haussmann
Degustation of new pearl millet cultivars with men at Falwel (Niger). Evaluating taste and other culinary characteristics is important before a new cultivar can enter farmer-led seed production.
Photo Credit: 
Bettina Haussmann
Women pounding pearl millet grain in preparation of a variety degustation. Testing the culinary anmd processing quality of new cultivars is important in order to identify farmer-preferred cultivars.
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Bettina Haussmann
Locking the seed store of the Farmer Union "Maddabane" (belonging to the Nigerien Farmer federation Mooriben) at Falwel, Niger.
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Bettina Haussmann
Enhancing access of smallholder farmers to seed of improved varieties: seed fair organized by the Nigerien Farmer Federation FUMA Gaskiya at Serkin Haoussa, Maradi region, Niger in 2008. Small packets ("minipacks") of seed from improved cultivars of pearl millet and other crops are offered at a very affordable price to smallholder farmers.
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Bettina Haussmann
Animator Yacouba and the "Tresorier" of the Farmer Union Maddabane (belonging to the Nigerien Farmer Federation Mooriben) point to a road sign advertising their pearl millet seed production field (planted with the ICRISAT millet variety ICMV IS 89305) at Falwel, Niger, conducted within the frame of the CCRP-funded seed systems project.
Photo Credit: 
Bettina Haussmann