Participatory Barley Breeding in Syria

In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 97-116.

This chapter presents a model for participatory plant breeding (PPB), defined as plant breeding where equal weight is given to the opinions of farmers and scientists, developed in Syria. The key features and the impact of this particular PPB model, as well the challenges encountered by the project and the difficulties that led to its termination, are discussed. In addition, the chapter analyses what these experiences can teach projects and decision-makers in other countries and the lessons that can be learned.