Almost all seed grains in developing countries are selected and bred from small farmers' seed stocks. This project addresses the need to improve the seed selection, production and storage of small farmers in Senegal. This paper describes a participatory project, involving small farmers and extensionists, to meet these goals. It included studies of indigenous seed selection and plant improvement practices, and of factors influencing small farmers' adoption of certified seeds.
Translations from English of ten articles on agriculture and informal research methods, including, formal and informal data collection;emergence of RRA and its application to irrigation; the Sondeo approach; rapid rural appraisal; wealth ranking; using a traditional african system for measuring farmer attitudes; and choosing methods for analysing production systems.