Poster 1: About PABRA

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Poster 1: About PABRA

  1. 1. Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance R. Buruchara1, R. Chirwa2 , M.M. Abang1 and J.C Rubyogo2 1 International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Kawanda Research Station, P.O. Box 6742, Kampala-Uganda 2 International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Chitedze Research Station, P.O. Box 158 Lilongwe Malawi WHAT IS PABRA? MODES OF OPERATIONThe Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance is a consortium of African-owned CIAT s role is in strategic research (the production of public goodsregional bean networks consisting of National Agricultural Research that address key cross – cutting issues) on mutually agreed topics,Systems (NARS) from 28 countries in sub- Saharan Africa, the where CIAT has a comparative advantage. NARS and other partnersInternational Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and a number of implement the rest of the research and development activities in thedonor organizations. The regional bean networks are Eastern and bean value chains (Fig 4.).Central Africa Bean Research Network (ECABREN) covering 9 countries,Southern Africa Bean Research Network (SABRN), covering 11 countries PABRA s R4D agenda is facilitated by CIAT and implemented byand a new network: West and Central Africa Bean Research Network network partners, which include: NARS, NGOs, GOs, Community(WECABREN), covering 10 countries (Fig 1). based organizations, selected rural communities, private entrepreneurs (seeds and other complementary input suppliers andPABRA s focus is to improve bean productivity, utilization and grain traders) and farmers – with the support from the Sub-Regionalcommercialization for the benefit of the urban and rural poor. The Organizations.ultimate goal is to enhance food security, income generation and healthof poor communities in a gender equitable manner. PABRA’s Links with Partners for Complementary and Efficient Use of Resources 10 Figure 4: Linkage among PABRA partners Development 9 CIAT NARES: Partners and End Users / Scientists Scientists Beneficiaries Policy makers 11 Technology Technology adaptation and Catalyze links andFig 1: Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance Fig 2: PABRA’s networks and facilitator development + priority policy support partnerships to reach users. setting •  Engage partners for •  Provide tools and methods (PABRA) Member Countries (28) Identify key research adaptive research to for wide impact ; skills and constraints /opportunities develop/refine technology knowledge enhancement • Catalyze teams for across multiple countries •  Raise awareness strategic and applied work •  Test approaches to upscale •  Test and use technologies HOW DOES PABRA OPERATE? • Publish /share results to feed into future work fast, widely + with equity. •  Publish and share results NETWORK GOVERNANCEThe networks are autonomous and each one is managed by a networkcoordinator who closely work with the sub-regional organizations THE BEAUTY OF PARTNERSHIPS(SROs): the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in PABRA facilitates collaborative research within and between theEastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), the Southern Africa Development networks by providing a forum for building and maintaining linkagesCommunity s Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Unit (SADC/ to multiple partners. These collaborative linkages are maintained andFANR) and for the upcoming network, the West and Central African strengthened through joint priority-setting, planning, agreed divisionCouncil for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD). of responsibilities, joint implementation of activities, and jointEach network is governed by a steering committee (SC), which is reporting. Collaboration is based on national members interest andcomposed of the NARS team leaders, and additional participants from on comparative advantage. In this way, research technologies arethe universities, NGOs, farmers organizations and the private sector. shared among countries and significantly contribute to scaling up and wider distribution efforts. Through this partnership, PABRA facilitatedAll networks implement the same log frame under PABRA. Activities in seed access to 7.5 million farmers between 2003-2008 and more thanthe annual work plan are developed using bottom-up approaches, 4 million between 2009-2010. In Malawi alone, the collaboration withwhereby national bean program work plans are reviewed and approved Demeter Agriculture Ltd (Fig. 5.) has resulted in scaling-up and use ofby the regional network SC. Work-plans of the 3 networks are small packs, reaching almost 0.5 millions households with seed ofconsolidated into the PABRA work plan and budget, for approval by the improved varieties in 2 years.PABRA steering committee. Public-Private Partnership in Bean Seed Production and Distribution   High quality seed, from trusted sources availed to over 0.5 m small holder farmers in 2 years   Seed available at outlets nearest to farmers   Packed in ‘risk free’ sizes. Figure 5 : Demeter Agriculture With agronomic advice Figure 3: Members of PABRA Steering Committee 2011 packing bean seeds in small packs

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