Reviewing bean production areas in Africa
One of DAPA’s newest recruits is Bonny Ongom, who is based in CIAT-Africa’s Kawanda offices in Uganda. Bonny has just been hired as a research assistant for the CCAFS trial sites project (more on this soon), and to help with the update of the Atlas of common beans in Africa (see previous post).
Bonny has just finished his MSc in natural resource management at Makerere University, and worked on a CIAT-TSBF project in Uganda looking at community soil mapping techniques for recommendation domains for organic agriculture.
On his first day Bonny set off on a two week trip to review bean production areas in four countries in east and southern africa: Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe (see map).
We are taking advantage of expert panels in each country who have been gathered in meetings to discuss Diffusion of Improved Varieties in Africa(DIIVA).
So far Bonny has reported new bean areas under irrigation in southern Malawi and we await the results of the meeting from the other countries.
These areas are fundamental for reporting other characteristics of bean production systems in Africa which allow us to better target the research of the Pan African Bean Research Alliance (PABRA).