On-farm research benefiting beans
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CTA. 1988. On-farm research benefiting beans. Spore 16. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Improving yields of beans is a priority in the Great Lakes region of Africa where beans are arguably more important in the human diet than anywhere else in the world. Burundi, Rwanda and the Kivu province of Zaire -- collectively known as the Great...
Improving yields of beans is a priority in the Great Lakes region of Africa where beans are arguably more important in the human diet than anywhere else in the world. Burundi, Rwanda and the Kivu province of Zaire -- collectively known as the Great Lakes region -- have a population density which is already one of the highest in the world for rural areas (exceeding 800 persons per square kilometre in some areas) and is still increasing at 3.7% annually. With beans contributing four times more protein to the diet than all animal proteins combined, future supplies must be secured against rapidly growing demand. To anticipate this need, a bean research network has been started. made up of scientists from the regions national programmes and CIAT (Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical). On-farm research has played a key role in the network's activities; this has resulted both in superior diagnosis of production problems and better feedback of how new technology is working. Nationai programmes in the region have traditionally done their research on experimental stations. Therefore CIAT, along with CIMMYT and IITA, have been offering joint courses on on-farm methods to improve the research capabilities of national programmes, and today all three national programmes conduct on-farm research. For more details, contact: CIAT Apartado Aereo 6713 Cali COLOMBIA
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