Iron-rich beans to combat anaemia

Iron-rich climbing beans are proving popular with farmers in highland Rwanda - Neil Palmer (CIAT)

Iron-rich climbing beans are proving popular with farmers in highland Rwanda
© Neil Palmer (CIAT)

Beans are a staple food in Rwanda. Normal varieties only have low levels of minerals, but the HarvestPlus programme has supported the Rwanda Agriculture Board to breed new varieties rich in iron and zinc. The beans are also high yielding and popular with consumers because of their colour. And with high levels of iron, they can help in tackling anaemia, which affects up to 30 per cent of women in Rwanda and more than half of children under five. By making the new beans available in small packs, HarvestPlus aims to distribute them to 200,000 farmers per year. It is also supporting iron-rich bean breeding in other countries, such as Uganda, DRC, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Country:
Rwanda
Duration:
6'05"
Date published:
February 2012
 
 
 

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