Updated Oct 17, 2018

Bioversity International

Crowdsourcing Crop Improvement Approach to Seed Varietal Selection


Muneeswaran Mariappan

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Stage 1 : Ideation

Focus Areas:

Agriculture and Seeds & Stock

Agriculture and Seeds & StockSEE LESS

Implemented In:

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and 1 MoreSEE MORE

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and NicaraguaSEE LESS

Countries Implemented In
Funds Raised to Date
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Innovation Description

To offer a lower cost and potentially more scalable, farmer- and plot-specific approach to seed varietal selection.
How does your innovation work?
In order to contend with changing conditions, smallholder farmers need to use improved varieties of crops in areas experiencing the effects of change most rapidly.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Bioversity International, along with partner organizations: Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Zamorano, and Virginia Tech, will evaluate "Crowdsourcing Crop Improvement" as an alternative to the Participatory Variety Selection (PVS).


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El Salvador