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Policy Implications


A better demand-led approach to plant breeding

Adopting a more demand-led approach to plant breeding to respond to market requirements has several policy implications.


These need to be addressed by governments in many countries of Africa and are summarised in this brief. Please download


A group of DLB Pan-African educators has recognized the need to address plant breeders’ lack of knowledge and expertise about markets and drivers. They have been working together since the end of 2014 to identify best practices in the public and private sectors. They have created a “state-of-the-art” education module for use in Ph.D., MSc, and continual professional development programs. Its aim is to train the next generation of African breeders on how to serve both farmers and their markets.

The following are some of their opinion pieces;

Market transformation of African agriculture
Demand leads the way

Prof. Eric Danquah

The work has only just begun

Prof. Hussein Shimelis

Demand-led markets and demand-led breeding

Dr Rowland Chirwa

Sharpening the tools we already have

Dr Appolinaire Djikeng

Towards food security with demand-led plant breeding

Prof. Pangirayi Tongoona

Demand-led plant breeding in practice

Dr Agyemang Danquah

Avoiding the “Airline Syndrome”

Jean Claude Rubyogo

Demand-led genetics and molecular breeding

Dr Nasser Yao

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