Iron-rich beans for family farming in Latin America and the Caribbean

A regional initiative that, with the implementation of communication and knowledge management strategies, seeks from demand to strengthen the value chain and increase the rate of adoption of these technologies with biofortified crops in LAC.

Context of the story

Family farming in LAC constitutes the basis of food, but despite the progress made, malnutrition problems continue. In the context of the current and future pandemic, producers and consumers will need new skills to strengthen food security and the efficient operation of value chains.

Today, it is a challenge to generate scientific and technical knowledge that promotes sustainable agriculture and promotes foods with nutritional quality, such as the high iron content in beans. Biofortified crops are an option to address nutritional deficiencies, therefore, this platform seeks to implement strategies that strengthen its value chain and expand the adoption of these technologies by farmers.

Technologies in agriculture for food and nutritional security

The implemented initiative

This initiative supported by FONTAGRO has three major challenges: i) identify the demand and potential market for iron-rich beans in each country. ii) Multiply, spread and scale seeds of the iron-rich bean varieties released at the level of producers' farms. iii), generate knowledge management and technology transfer strategies for producers. In order to improve the adoption rate of these new varieties in an appropriate and sustainable way in Central America, the Dominican Republic and Colombia, it is expected to strengthen the value chain and the consumption of iron-rich beans, benefiting 1,200 producers and implementing strategies for knowledge management in 200 technicians and researchers, in 30 marketers and in consumers.

Sustainable production and consumption of beans rich in iron for Central America, the Dominican Republic and Colombia

The technological solution

This initiative seeks to integrate agriculture and nutrition issues, in order to close the communication and knowledge gap between producers, consumers and food environments. Among the main solutions are strategies aimed at strengthening the value chain, acceptance and technological adoption by producers, such as:
a) Baseline and final line available in the region with data from the main actors in the value chain for iron-rich beans, in the intervention areas, their characteristics, limitations, market opportunities - commercialization and analysis of challenges.
b) A design protocol for the production of quality seed on demand-based producer farms.
c) A Strategic Plan with recommendations and successful experiences in the management of knowledge and communication in each country and at the regional level on stimulating the demand for iron-rich beans.
d) Availability of new varieties of beans rich in iron released for the Dominican Republic.

Biofortification is a sustainable strategy that improves nutritional quality and the bioavailability of certain micronutrients without modifying the population's eating habits.
Micronutrient Deficiency Prevention and Control Plan, Ministry of Health of Panama.

Results

The project proposes to have positive impacts in the productive, economic, social and environmental dimension on family producers and other actors of the value chain in the region. Through the implementation of knowledge management strategies and the exchange of experiences between actors of the iron-rich bean chain, the aim is to promote an increase in at least 25% of the production of good quality seeds, reduce by at least one 20% the use of agrochemicals and employing at least one agroecological technique for the integrated management of the crop. In addition to stimulating demand through marketing strategies with gastronomic education and food and nutrition education regionally and by country. That in Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua and Colombia at least 50% of the producers participating in the project adopt the varieties of beans rich in iron in their production systems and in the Dominican Republic at least one variety of beans rich in iron is released.

Participating Organizations

Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria (AGROSAVIA) - Colombia
Dirección de Ciencia y Tecnología Agropecuaria (DICTA) - Honduras
Instituto Dominicano de Investigaciones Agropecuarias y Forestales  (IDIAF) - República Dominicana
 Instituto de Innovación Agropecuaria de Panamá (IDIAP) - Panamá
Instituto Nicaragüense de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Nicaragua
Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria (AGROSAVIA) - Colombia
Dirección de Ciencia y Tecnología Agropecuaria (DICTA) - Honduras
Instituto Dominicano de Investigaciones Agropecuarias y Forestales  (IDIAF) - República Dominicana
 Instituto de Innovación Agropecuaria de Panamá (IDIAP) - Panamá
Instituto Nicaragüense de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Nicaragua

Main donors

FONTAGRO
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E-mail: fontagro@fontagro.org