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Beans ExCo


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Poster for CIAT 2009 ExCo

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Beans ExCo

  1. 1. towards eco‐efficient agriculture With over 40 years of experience, CIAT  Social equity and partners have improved bean  Benefits varieties and developed effective crop  New varieties have 30‐50% more iron and 20%  management practices for Latin America  more zinc.  and Africa.  Beans are a cost‐effective alternative to meat  protein. Women typically manage bean cultivation,  home use and sales. Over 8 million smallholder farmers reached. Pan‐Africa Bean  Challenges Research Alliance   Reaching more smallholder farmers. Member Countries Balancing food security with market demands. Assuring that women maintain the benefits of  cultivating beans. Economic Benefits Estimated value (1986‐2015) of new varieties  Kalyebara, et al. 2008 and management practices in Uganda,  Tanzania, DR Congo, Rwanda, Malawi (2005  prices): $198 million. Sales to local and international markets. Challenges Improving profitability on marginal lands. Tolerance to heat and drought.  New pest and disease threats constantly arise.  Environmental Benefits Some new varieties cook faster, needing less  fuelwood. Nitrogen fixing capacity of beans helps improve  soil fertility. Challenges Varieties resilient to climate change.