As the “meat of the poor,” beans offer a crucial source of vitamins and protein as well as income for millions of people, particularly in Africa and Latin America. With our partners, we develop more productive, nutritionally improved beans that are resilient in harsh environments.
CIAT is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. CGIAR advances major research programs, which focus the work of the Consortium’s 15 member centers on key development aims. CIAT’s bean research contributes importantly to these global programs.
As the “meat of the poor”, beans are a crucial source of vitamins, protein and income for millions of people, particularly in Africa and Latin America. With our partners, we have been developing more productive, nutritionally-improved beans that are more resilient in harsh environments and which are helping transform rural livelihoods.
This initiative, which forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, seeks to reduce micronutrient malnutrition, or hidden hunger, by providing billions of people with iron, zinc, and vitamin A through the staple foods they eat. The program uses a novel process called biofortification to breed higher levels of micronutrients into key staple crops, including beans and cassava.
The development and dissemination of new bean technologies in Africa is orchestrated by this innovative network, which CIAT coordinates. Uniting 29 member countries, PABRA ensures that every participant benefits from research carried out by all the rest. As a result of this collective effort, improved bean varieties and production practices have reached more than 8 million rural households.
Madhusudana Idupulapati Rao, or simply Rao, as he is affectionately known to friends and colleagues, has shown many people that the work accomplished as a team is more valuable than what one achieves individually.> Read More...
The Ethiopia Bean Research Programme led by the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) has won the country’s highest scientific award – the Gold medal and Cup – for the impact of its bean research, which has transformed the lives of millions of farmers. The National Common Bean Research Team of> Read More...
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