Breeding better beans with farmers' help

Involving farmers in bean breeding has ensured that new varieties meet farmers' needs - Neil Palmer (CIAT)

Involving farmers in bean breeding has ensured that new varieties meet farmers' needs
© Neil Palmer (CIAT)

In Uganda, bean crops have been affected by a disease called anthracnose, which causes blistering on the pods. Initial attempts to introduce disease-resistant varieties failed, as many of the attributes of these new varieties, such as taste, colour and cooking time, were not popular with farmers. Recent breeding work, however, has involved farmers in the selection process so that they can choose varieties which are not only disease resistant but have many other attributes they want. To complement the work of seed companies in spreading these varieties, farmers have also been trained to produce bean seed, which some farmer groups are now doing as a valuable source of income.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Interview by:
Country:
Uganda
Duration:
5'44"
Date published:
January 2013
 
 
 

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