Tricot – using a crowdsourced citizen science approach for variety testing at scale
Make variety testing easier and more informative for breeders, farmers, processors and consumers.
Tricot provides more and better data, making it possible to test varieties at scale with farmers and consumers. Tricot is easy to involve partner organizations, such as extension services, NGOs, and farmer organizations. As a result, plant breeders and seed system managers have better information to improve their product advancement decisions, from plant selection to variety release and seed marketing. Farmers gain access to varieties that match the local growing conditions, market demand and consumer preferences.
Description of the approach
- Digital support: the ClimMob platform streamlines data management while QR codes avoid mistakes.
- Simple tasks: each participant only evaluates three items, making it is easier to evaluate varieties, communicate with participants and collect data.
- Robust data collection: participants rank items, a simple and accurate way to gather data.
- Representativeness: participants use their own crop management strategy or cooking technique.
- Standardization: standardized approaches facilitate scaling and pooling data across trials.
Examples of use
Consumer testing of sweetpotato varieties in Uganda and Ghana, by the International Potato Center and local partners.
Testing of many non-RTB crops in other countries.
Several NARS and NGOs are testing tricot to decide about its adoption as the main variety testing approach, including Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) in Ghana and the National Root Crop Research Institute (NRCRI) in Nigeria.
Links to relevant online resources
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