Pre-Cooked Beans for Improving Food and Nutrition Security and Income Generation in Kenya and Uganda

Beans are an important food crop that contributes to nutrition security, income, and employment in Kenya and Uganda. While beans are traditionally consumed with little processing, this project will promote value-added pre-cooked beans as a means to advance food security, income generation, and environmental conservation. The use of pre-cooked beans is expected to reduce cooking time, energy, and fuel use. Value-added processing offers great potential for improved nutrition, food security, reduced energy use, environmental conservation, employment opportunities, and overall economic development. The project's whole value chain approach will include research on sustainable models for -increasing production and supply of beans suitable for pre-cooked processing -developing and testing pre-cooked bean products -promoting pre-cooked beans through innovative public and private partnerships The research project is a partnership between the Kenya Agriculture Research Institute and Uganda's National Agriculture Research Organization.

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Start Date

Friday, July 4, 2014


30 months

IDRC Officer

Jemimah Njuki

Total funding

CA$ 2,646,200


Kenya, Uganda

Project Leader

Michael Ugen Adrogu


National Agricultural Research Organization

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Project Leader

David Karanja


Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization

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