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Providing a Set of Resilient, Diverse Beans is Crucial for Africa’s Agricultural Development 

A resilient crop that’s packed with fiber and minerals, beans are a vital source of protein for millions of Africans, and a key source of income for farmers. But climate change means this staple is under threat. Up to 60% of areas that grow beans in sub-Saharan Africa might not be suitable by the end of this century, according to a 2016 study. In an effort to future-proof and maximize the potential of this essential crop, the Pan-African Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) has facilitated the research, development, and distribution of over 650 new bean varieties across Africa. In September PABRA was awarded the $100,000 African Food Prize, for its work to improve food security, and incomes for farmers. The group’s research is mostly conducted in Cali, Colombia, and then shared with national programs in Africa, with certain bean types selected and developed based on consumer demand.