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May 4, 2012

Rwanda - New Bean Varieties Introduced To Improve Yields & Farmer Income

Rwanda is the most densely populated country
in Africa and has very fertile soil. 

Photo: Wikipedia Commons
The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in collaboration with the Rwandan Agricultural Research Institute has introduced new varieties of climbing beans to the farmers of Rwanda. This is being implemented in collaboration with support for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Rwanda has very fertile soil and is also the most densely populated country in Africa.  Traditionally farmers have grown bush beans, which take up more space per acre.  Climbing bean varieties increase yields.

In December 2011, CIAT photographed the project, documenting farmer reaction and plant growth.  In April 2012, The Guardian published some of these images in a photo gallery along with an accompanying article.  The project continues to undergo formal review.  

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