Farmer preferred, market demanded and highly nutritious beans to boost Rwanda’s household diets and wealth
Rwanda has one of the highest per capita consumption in the world, confirming that beans are a key crop for food security in the country. Common bean is an important food crop for Rwandese. It is often referred to as the meat of the poor.
On 24 June 2021, the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) together with the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT through the bean programme – Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance, Africa Union, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Harvest Plus, and other partners released 19 new bean varieties in Rwanda. 13 of these new varieties are climbing beans whose yield averages 5200kg per hectare compared to 3400kg/ha previously. There are eight high iron and Zinc beans with high yielding and market preferred traits.