Crowdsourcing crop improvement
for climate change adaptation:
Bioversity´s recent experiences with
citizen science
Jacob v...
What is the problem
we try to address?
Climate change / variability requires different
varieties
Opportunities for spreadi...
Why don´t have farmers not have
more access to varieties?
Seed producers
• Incentives to produce only few varieties
• Lack...
Solutions
Participatory variety selection
Farmer experimental groups with a common
plot with different varieties
Misiko (2013)
Limitations…
Crowdsourcing
Citizen science approach
Individual farmers get free seed samples and
observe them grow
Farmers provide feed...
Evaluation card
Unique code: 8181
Germination:_______
Yield:___________
Etc. _____________
________________
______________...
+ -
A > C > D
A > D > G
A>C>D>G
Software prototype
Data analysis
Some preliminary conclusions
Farmer like to participate: curiosity, access to seed
Most farmers are ready to answer by pho...
In summary…
4. Farmers
test and
report back
by mobile
phone
5. Farmers receive
tailored variety
recommendations
and can or...
Thank you
j.vanetten@cgiar.org
Crowdsourcing crop improvement for climate change adaptation
Crowdsourcing crop improvement for climate change adaptation
Crowdsourcing crop improvement for climate change adaptation
Crowdsourcing crop improvement for climate change adaptation
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Crowdsourcing crop improvement for climate change adaptation

  1. 1. Crowdsourcing crop improvement for climate change adaptation: Bioversity´s recent experiences with citizen science Jacob van Etten
  2. 2. What is the problem we try to address? Climate change / variability requires different varieties Opportunities for spreading risk among varieties New varieties as climate shifts But access to diverse varieties through formal channels is still limiting in many cases
  3. 3. Why don´t have farmers not have more access to varieties? Seed producers • Incentives to produce only few varieties • Lack of information on seed demand Farmers • Lack of information about available varieties • Seeing is believing / learning by doing
  4. 4. Solutions Participatory variety selection Farmer experimental groups with a common plot with different varieties
  5. 5. Misiko (2013) Limitations…
  6. 6. Crowdsourcing Citizen science approach Individual farmers get free seed samples and observe them grow Farmers provide feedback by mobile phones
  7. 7. Evaluation card Unique code: 8181 Germination:_______ Yield:___________ Etc. _____________ ________________ ________________ ________________ 1 2 3 8181 1 2 3 Registration card Unique code: 8181 Name:____________ GPS:_____________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________
  8. 8. + - A > C > D A > D > G A>C>D>G
  9. 9. Software prototype
  10. 10. Data analysis
  11. 11. Some preliminary conclusions Farmer like to participate: curiosity, access to seed Most farmers are ready to answer by phone, but some problems with access Data quality is good enough The method is easy to implement but is (still) paper intensive Women can be involved through women groups Need to experiment with Interactive Voice Response systems
  12. 12. In summary… 4. Farmers test and report back by mobile phone 5. Farmers receive tailored variety recommendations and can order seed 2. Each farmer gets a different combination of varieties 3. Environmental data (GPS, sensors) to assess adaptation 1. A broad set of varieties (10-50) is evaluated 6. Data are used to detect demand for new varieties and traits
  13. 13. Thank you j.vanetten@cgiar.org

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