Linking genebanks (i.e. cold storage repositories for seed varieties) with farmers through direct release of targeted landrace varieties (i.e. traditional farmer-bred varieties) can catalyze an increase in productivity and food security in the vulnerable populations inhabiting the marginal arid regions of Rajasthan and other places of a similar nature. This paper recommends three policy changes that would help overcome the technical, administrative and political challenges to making genebank resources available to farmers.
Publication tags: Policy Reports - Food Systems and Agriculture - Smallholder Farmers