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Climbing beans – the type that climbs up stakes like a vine, and is up to three times more productive than bush beans – provide a solution to intensify production in places where farm size is small, like Rwanda and eastern DR Congo. A 2001 adoption study of bean...
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In late 2015, CIAT deployed, through the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), new drought-tolerant white beans to Ethiopia, where erratic weather was threatening bean production and the related industry. These drought-tolerant varieties outperform other...
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CIAT and partners have developed “quick-cook” beans (as well as precooked bean snacks) to reduce the amount of time and energy households, typically women, spend preparing nutritious meals, freeing up time for other (productive) activities.
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CIAT provided technical assistance and forage grass hybrids for farmers enrolled in Rwanda’s One Cow per Poor Family initiative launched in 2006, which intends to reach 350,000 farmers by 2017. Besides improving meat and milk production, the grasses are also climate...
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The ICTA Petén bean variety, which contains 50% more iron than the conventional varieties, was released in Guatemala in 2010 as part of the first group of biofortified crops in the world. ICTA Petén is still consumed in the country, which has one of the highest rates...
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CIAT’s collaboration with the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) and HarvestPlus resulted in the release of 10 iron-biofortified bean varieties in 2012. Large efforts have been undertaken to make those varieties available to bean farmers in Rwanda. Our estimates indicate...