Which wheat for smallholder Ethiopian farmers? Joining traditional knowledge with metric phenotypes
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Mancini, C.; Kidane, Y.G.; Mengistu, D.K.; Pe, M.E.; Fadda, C.; Dell'Acqua, M. (2016) Which wheat for smallholder Ethiopian farmers? Joining traditional knowledge with metric phenotypes. Poster presented at: Tropentag 2016: Solidarity in a competing world — fair use of resources. Vienna (Austria) Sep 18-21. 1 p.
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Ethiopia is one of the most populous countries in Africa, with more than 96 million inhabitants, 80% of whom are engaged in small-scale agriculture, and often subsistence farming. We involved 60 smallholder farmers in two locations in Ethiopia to evaluate traits of their interest in 400 wheat accessions, producing 230,400 data points. We couple this information with metric measurements of 10 agronomic traits, breaking down farmers' preferences on quantitative phenotypes. We found that the relative importance of wheat traits is gender- and locality- dependent, and produced a ranking of the 400 varieties identifying the combination of traits most desired by farmers. The study scale and methods lead to a better understanding of smallholder farmer needs, broadening the discussion for the future of local, sustainable breeding efforts accommodating farmers' knowledge.
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