On this occasion, CIAT also celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Pan-Africa Bean Research
- PABRA’s bean breeding programs are closely integrated with CIAT’s program at its headquarters in Cali, Colombia, which hosts the largest Phaseolus bean genebank in the world, containing over 37,000 bean types.
- Beans with high iron, resistance to diseases such as root rots, heat tolerance, drought tolerance, tolerance to soil problems, and insect resilience, are uniquely bred in Colombia, or made available to PABRA’s partners.
- This represents huge potential: for example, using Phaseolus coccineus, the scarlet runner bean, researchers in Rwanda continue to breed beans with even higher levels of acid soil tolerance of up to pH 4 – which could dramatically improve yields in environments in western Rwanda, northern Zambia, and other countries.
Building a sustainable food future in Africa.
- John Sibi-Okumu, Master of Ceremony: Introduction to guests and program overview
- Dr. Ruben Echeverría, CIAT Director General – Setting the scene: CIAT at 50 and PABRA at 20 highlights
- Sara Menker, CEO and Founder, Gro Intelligence / Member of CIAT Board of Trustees – The power of information
- Dr. Debisi Araba, CIAT Regional Director for Africa – Regional vision for Africa: the next 50 years
- Mercy Lung’aho, CIAT Nutritionist
- Debisi Araba, Regional Director for Africa
- Olufunso Somorin, Senior Policy Officer, Transition Support Fragile States Department, African Development Bank
- Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources & Regional Development, Kenya
- Pitch by Dr. Robin Buruchara, Director, Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA)
- Panel discussion facilitated by John Sibi-Okumu
- Dr. Ladisy Komba Chengula, Lead Agriultural Economist, Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank
- Mr. Peter Mlegulah, Production Manager, Raphael Group Limited, Tanzania
- Ms. Khalila Salim, Business Leader, Strategic partnerships, Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion, Kenya
- Dr. Robin Buruchara, Director, Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA)
PABRA. 2017. PABRA Annual Report 2016/2017 – 20th Anniversary Special Edition . Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance – PABRA . Nairobi, KE. 41 p.
Pre-Cooked Beans for Improving Food and Nutrition Security and Income Generation in Kenya and Uganda
- START DATE: October 1, 2014
- END DATE: March 31, 2017
- DURATION: 30 months
The project started by pre-screening bean varieties for their suitability for precooking. Seed companies and community seed producers will ensure sufficient seed of good varieties is available and promoted to farmers, who will also be trained in field and post-harvest management. The research team tested different supply models—including working with farmer groups and contract farming—for their ability to supply needed volumes and benefit women smallholder farmers. The research involved farmers’ federations in both countries and Smart Logistics, a private, women-owned company in Kenya.
Two private sector project partners—Lasting Solutions, Uganda and Fresh Del Monte, Kenya—developed prototype products and packaging for market testing. Consumer research determined package sizes and prices and assess potential demand. The research analyzed the gender implications of the new technology, to ensure that men, women and the youth are fully integrated in the development of the precooked bean value chain. The work also contributed to the formulation of standards for precooked beans.
Dec 16, 2016 | Reuters | Pre-cooked beans could turn down heat on Africa’s dwindling forests
This post was originally published at PAEPARD by François Stepman. It has been republished here with permission.