Version 2 of The Atlas of the Common Bean in Africa
12 years after the “Atlas of the Common Bean (phaseolus vulgaris) in Africa” was published it is high time for an update.
The partners of the Pan-African Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) have decided to repeat the process and format of version 1 of the Atlas. The Atlas has served as a useful reference for many users, not just in Africa but around the world.
Despite improvements to internet connectivity in Africa there are still serious constraints to accessing information online, especially maps and graphics. For this reason we will stay with the book and CD format, however we will also ensure that the spatial data are available, as with the present version.
The first task is to revise the 14 current bean production environments and the 96 socio-cultural production areas. This will be followed later this year by a collection of secondary data from experts in the bean producing countries of Africa. We aim to produce a first draft of the Atlas by October 2010. This draft will highlight the major gaps in information and allow us to target primary data collection in 2011.
The structure of the Atlas reflects the PABRA framework for 2009-2013, and takes into account the information demands of the PABRA partners. We are proposing the following chapters:
- CROPPING SYSTEMS
- SEED SYSTEMS
- END USERS & GENDER
- UTILISATION & NUTRITION
- BEAN SEED TYPES
- ABIOTIC – Climatic, Edaphic
- INSECT PESTS
- DISEASES – Fungal Diseases, Bacterial Diseases, Viruses
- BEAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
- SOLUTIONS & MANAGEMENT
- QUALITY OF INFORMATION
We have just developed the protocol for updating the bean production environments which will be implemented by the bean programmes of the individual national agricultural research with technical support from CIAT.
We are also working closely with the team in CIAT-TSBF who are developing the Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS), which will provide information on the status of soil nutrients and toxicities that are important for bean production and utilisation.