Global survey of rice breeders to investigate characteristics and willingness to adopt alternative breeding methods

24
Jul

Global survey of rice breeders to investigate characteristics and willingness to adopt alternative breeding methods

Aim: To fill the current knowledge gap about socio-economic factors about breeders, their methods and attitudes, this paper investigated the current status of rice breeding programmes and provide data about the global population of rice breeders using an extensive list of characteristics.

Background: Despite the critical role rice breeders play to ensure food security, there is a lack of information regarding their current socio-economic characteristics, constraints and attitudes towards technology adoption. Some key concepts like budget, experience, local ecosystems, level of education and even main breeding method have hardly been surveyed in the past. This not only clouds any policy-making regarding scientists in national agricultural research programmes, it also makes it difficult to assess the needs and problems local rice breeders face around the world.

Conclusions: Breeders’ willingness to adopt RGA was remarkably high. Surprisingly, adoption of RGA remains low  (4% as main method). This may suggest that the benefits of using the RGA method still need to be further demonstrated in rice breeding. Our results could be useful to develop targeted extension material or interventions for implementing new technologies, which could be useful to high-level agricultural managers, international research centres  and aid agencies.

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