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    About Beans

    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.
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    Beans Projects

    See the names of CIAT projects, together with brief descriptions, in particular research areas and regions of the developing world.
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    Beans in CGIAR Research Programs

    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.
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    Beans Genetic Resources

    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.
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    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.
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    Pan-African Bean Research Alliance (PABRA)

    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.
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    CIAT Blog

    CIAT develops more resilient and productive varieties of cassava and common bean, together with tropical forages for livestock. We also help improve rice production in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Latest News

Science to Cultivate Change

The world without beans: opinion piece

Opinion piece: Dr. Robin Buruchara, Director of the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA).>

Rao, the eternal legacy of a scientist-mentor

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.>

Snack bars with a winning twist: beans in the international spotlight

When Harriet Aber entered the LovePulses Showcase competition with her special bean-amaranth energy bar, she never imagined it would take her from Uganda to Chicago.>

Bean researchers in Ethiopia win highest accolade  

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>
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