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|Title:||Valuing local wheat landraces for agrobiodiversity conservation in Northeast Turkey|
|Citation:||Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, 2005; 106(4):407-412|
|Publisher:||Elsevier Science BV|
|Douglas Bardsley and Ian Thomas|
|Abstract:||The perception of farmers, scientists and government officials regarding the conservation of a wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) landrace in a Turkish village is examined. Agricultural development and the reasons why the Northeast of Turkey is marginal in terms of wheat production are discussed. The de facto conservation of the local wheat landrace is analyzed in light of stakeholders’ opinions on agrobiodiversity conservation within the marginal agricultural community of Northeast Turkey. Marginal rural communities retain local wheat landraces because of their own interpretations of the value of these varieties. While formal opportunities for supporting farmers’ perceptions of local diversity with effective policy initiatives are available, they will require ongoing support from both international and national organisations.|
|Keywords:||Landrace; Wheat; Biodiversity; Conservation; Agricultural development; Turkey|
|Description:||Copyright © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.|
|Appears in Collections:||Geography, Environment and Population publications|
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