Impact to be proud of
Canada’s investments in agricultural research enable CGIAR to invest in big ideas for big impact in the lives of the poor. As a founding member of CGIAR – a global partnership uniting organizations engaged in research for a food-secure future – Canada has a strong record of supporting global food security, targeting important themes such as rural economic development and nutrition.
Through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), and the Ottawa-based International Development Research Centre (IDRC), this important partnership continues to deliver results for the poor.
In keeping with Canada’s international development strategy to increase food security, secure the future of children and youth, and stimulate sustainable economic growth, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the other 14 CGIAR centers are working to advance our mutual aims to deliver tangible benefits for the poor.
CIAT’s research on improved beans, known widely as the “meat of the poor,” is strengthening food and nutrition security, while also helping smallholder farmers boost their incomes. Facilitated by CIAT, the Pan-African Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) has reached approximately 6.2 million rural households with improved bean varieties and production practices. Since the majority of African bean growers are women, they and their children are the primary beneficiaries.
For example, in Ethiopia, a major bean-producing country, PABRA has harnessed the power of policy and the private sector to scale up development impact. Between 2004 and 2012, the area of land used for growing beans in Ethiopia increased from 181,600 to 330,000 hectares, and bean production more than tripled. More importantly, farmers increased their income more than sixfold, from US$120 per ton of beans to $650, and the number of people employed to sort, process, and transport beans quadrupled to 12,000.
In the newly published CGIAR and Canada: Partners for a Food-Secure Future brochure, André Zandstra, Head of Partnership and Donor Relations at CIAT said: “That’s impact to be proud of.”
Photos: Neil Palmer (CIAT)