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Drought-resilient, high iron beans

 

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Dr. Stanley Nkalubo, the breeder and leader of the Legumes Research Program at NaCRRI.

First drought-resilient, high iron beans for Uganda released

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Five new bean varieties bred with high iron and resilience to the impacts of drought have been released in Uganda for the first time.

The varieties – co-developed by the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), the Rwandan Agricultural Board (RAB) and CIAT through HarvestPlus – were released as part of the government’s strategy to tackle malnutrition and reduce anemia in the country, especially in children and expectant mothers.

Dr. Stanley Nkalubo, the breeder and leader of the Legumes Research Program at NaCRRI, which evaluated and released the varieties on Friday 22nd July 2016, said the biofortified beans will provide a cheap source of nutrition among poorer communities.

“The varieties, also known as NAROBEAN 1, 2, 3 4C and 5C, are an excellent source of iron. Instead of buying expensive supplements, communities can now buy and grow these beans as a way of boosting nutrition and reducing anemia – a major health concern in Uganda – also knowing they will get yield despite drought,” he said.

Read at: CIAT

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.