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Crop Biotech Update

Rwanda Releases Iron-rich Beans

June 22, 2012

New iron-rich bean varieties bred by the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) using conventional breeding methods were recently released by the Rwandan government. In field trials, in addition to being iron-rich, the farmers found the beans to be high yielding and resistant to major diseases and pests, as well as possessing large seed size and in preferred colors.

The development and delivery of the iron-rich beans is being funded by HarvestPlus in partnership with local government, RAB and CIAT. It is planned that 200 tons of the bush bean varieties will be distributed to 75,000 farming households in September this year.

See the news at http://www.ifpri.org/pressroom/briefing/rwanda-releases-iron-rich-beans.