Innovation Showcase, Science Talk & Research Workshop: Innovations in Bean Research, Lessons learnt for Investments in Sustainable Food System in Africa

  • Date
    01.07.24 > 01.06.24
  • Time
    08:00 am > 12:00 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, Conference Room 3, Nairobi, Kenya

Thematic Areas: Climate Action, Healthy Diets, Better Crops, Scaling Innovations, Capacity Sharing, Gender and Inclusion

 Overall objective: The Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance’s innovative R&D side event aims to highlight the innovations and impacts of the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (2023 Africa Food Prize and 2019 Al-Sumait Prize Winner). The side event also explores how the PABRA model is inspiring research in other commodities beyond beans driving progress and impactful outcomes.  

There would be four successive and dynamic panel discussions exploring the transformative potential of demand-led and innovative bean technology discoveries that drive impactful solutions at scale. In a rapidly evolving landscape, understanding, responding, and anticipating the needs, preferences, and aspirations of diverse stakeholders is paramount for creating sustainable and effective solutions. Our inclusive panel of experts from farmers, researchers to development practitioners and businesspeople & other value chain actors will share their valuable insights and experiences on how they leverage the power of bean research products to address complex challenges and achieve multiple impacts at scale.

Specific objectives: 

  1. Use an example of breeding for rapid cooking bean: This session will share demand-led bean research innovations (technological and institutional) that address societal needs and create multiple impacts & benefits at scale.
  2. Showcase Achievements: Highlights of key successes of the PABRA R&D model including its impacts on food security, nutrition, trade & inclusive incomes, and climate resilience focus on Kenya. This session will also show how demand-led bean research products attract multiple public and private investments.
  3. Explore Opportunities beyond beans: Discuss future opportunities on how the PABRA R&D model can be applied to other crops/commodities. 
  4. Inspire Action: Encourage investment and involvement from a diverse group of stakeholders, including researchers, policymakers, NGOs, donors, development partners, the private sector, and farmers.


  • Justin Machine Mabeya 
  • Felister Makini 
  • Jean Claude Rubyogo