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Pathways from research on improved staple crop germplasm to poverty reduction for smallholder farmers

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  • Alwang, Jeffrey
  • Gotor, Elisabetta
  • Thiele, Graham
  • Hareau, Guy
  • Jaleta, Moti
  • Chamberlin, Jordan

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Innovations to improve staple crop germplasm can reduce poverty and otherwise improve farmer livelihoods through complex and multiple pathways. This paper reviews the evidence for one prominent pathway—through increased incomes (in cash and kind) for poor farmers who adopt the technology.

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  • Alwang, Jeffrey & Gotor, Elisabetta & Thiele, Graham & Hareau, Guy & Jaleta, Moti & Chamberlin, Jordan, 2019. "Pathways from research on improved staple crop germplasm to poverty reduction for smallholder farmers," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 172(C), pages 16-27.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:agisys:v:172:y:2019:i:c:p:16-27
    DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2017.10.005
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