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An interdisciplinary and participatory methodology to improve user acceptability of root, tuber and banana varieties

Forsythe L., Tufan H., Bouniol A., Kleih U., Fliedel G.. 2021. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 56 (3) : p. 1115-1123.

DOI: 10.1111/ijfs.14680

Breeding programmes for root, tuber and banana (RTB) crops have traditionally considered consumer demand for quality characteristics low priority against other considerations such as yield and disease resistance. This has contributed to low levels of adoption of new varieties and its potential benefits. To address these challenges, an interdisciplinary five-step methodology was developed to identify demand for quality characteristics among diverse user groups along the food chain. The methodology includes an evidence review, consultations with key informants and rural communities, processing diagnosis with experienced processors, and consumer testing in urban and rural areas. Quality characteristics are then prioritised into a Food Product Profile by user group to inform further work of biochemists and breeders in developing improved selection tools. This initiative presents a new basis to understand consumer preferences for RTB crops. The methodology is currently being applied in projects in sub-Saharan Africa and is applicable globally.

Mots-clés : amélioration génétique; comportement du consommateur; qualité des aliments; acceptabilité; banane; plante racine; participation; recherche interdisciplinaire; afrique au sud du sahara; plante à tubercules

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