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Impact of improved vegetable cultivars in overcoming food insecurity

Breeding is as old as agriculture, but in recent years breeding as seen major changes happening. The breeding world is now dominated by private companies, rather than by public institutions; the share of hybrid seeds is increasing; in vitro haploidization techniques are used by many breeding seeds companies. Nearly half of the world's vegetable farmers are poor and cannot afford to buy hybrid seed every growing season. However, if the farmers could have access to low cost quality seeds they would benefit from the use of improved cultivars.

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