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Improving Food and Nutrition Security, Climate Change Adaptability, Productivity

Background : More than 90 per cent of the population lives in 1.5 million smallholder farming households, which produce 95 per cent of the country’s food. Burundi is making efforts to address food insecurity, and chronic undernourishment by developing drought and disease resistant bean varieties targeting smallholder farmers.The canning industry in the region has had one canning variety, the Mexican 142 to work with for 60 years. This variety has succumbed to diseases like rust, angular leafspot, bacterial blight and susceptible to drought conditions over time. In addition, there is no organised production of certified seed for the bean farmers servicing the canning industry.

Achievements : Burundi has received and evaluated 40 canning bean lines that exhibit drought and disease resistant characteristics from the bean consortium and have selected and will release promising as a prerequisite to commercialisation.

Total funding : USD 109,841(BIF 168,605,935) total funding allocated to Burundi partners for 3 years

Research and Private Sector Organisations :

1.    Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Burundi

2.    Concern, Burundi

3.    Pan African Bean Research Alliance/International

4.    Biosciences for Eastern and Central Africa (BecA-ILRI hub)

5.    International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Aid tropics

6.    International Potato Center Sub-Saharan Africa

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