Biotech Updates

Disease Resistant Bean Varieties Increase African Farmers' Income

January 22, 2014

The research of International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) on beans, known widely as the "meat of the poor," has led to massive uptake of high yielding, disease resistant varieties through the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA). Improved beans, while strengthening food and nutrition security, are also helping smallholder farmers boost their incomes. In Ethiopia, for example, bean production more than tripled between 2004 and 2012, and the income of farmers adopting new varieties rose from US$120 per ton of beans to $650.

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