Precooked beans for food, nutrition, and income in Kenya and Uganda

Beans are an important food product that contribute to nutritional security, income generation, and employment in Kenya and Uganda. Although beans are typically consumed without much processing, this project will promote the added value of precooking beans to improve food security, generate income, and preserve the environment.

Using precooked beans should reduce cooking time and the use of energy and fuel. Value-added processing presents great potential to improve food and nutritional security, reduce energy consumption, preserve the environment, create jobs, and contribute to global economic development.

The approach based on the entire value chain of the project involves studying sustainable models intended to:
- increase the production and supply of beans suitable for precooking;
- develop and test precooked bean products;
-promote precooked beans through innovative public-private partnerships.

This research project is the result of a partnership between the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute and the National Agricultural Research Organization of Uganda.

Project ID

107842

Project status

Active

Start Date

Friday, July 4, 2014

Duration

30 months

IDRC Officer

Jemimah Njuki

Total funding

CA$ 2,646,200

Country(s)

Kenya, Uganda

Project Leader

Michael Ugen Adrogu

Institution

National Agricultural Research Organization

Institution Country

Uganda

Institution Website

http://www.cgiar.org/hosted/naro/naro.htm

Project Leader

David Karanja

Institution

Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization

Institution Country

Kenya

Institution Website

http://www.kari.org