Strategic Investment in Rapid Technology Dissemination: Commercialization of Disease Resistant Bean Varieties in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Haiti (BTD)
Michigan State University
Escuela Agricola Panamericana; Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnologia Agricolas (ICTA); Agencia de Extension; Instituto Nicaraguense deTecnologia Agropecuaria (INTA); Instituto Interamericano de Cooperacion para laAgricultura (IICA); the National Seed Service, Ministry of Agriculture; Universidad dePuerto Rico-Mayaguez; Michigan State University, Michigan
Juan Carlos Rosas (Honduras); Emmanuel Prophete (Haiti)
The Bean Technology Dissemination (BTD) project addresses the shortage of high-quality bean seed available to resource-poor farmers in Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The objectives of this associate award are aligned with the goals of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future (FTF) Initiative in
which involves a multi-agency response to increasing staple food prices and the persistent food insecurity by many developing countries.
1. Disseminate a technology package that includes quality seed of improved bean varieties and Rhizobium inoculants to 120,000 resource-poor farmers in food insecure areas of the four countries 2. Increase the availability of highly nutritious bean grain in domestic markets at affordable prices so as to improve the nutritional value of the diets of both rural and urban poor 3. Implement sustainable bean seed multiplication systems with local farmer/community involvement so as to ensure long-term availability of quality seed of improved varieties at affordable prices to resource-poor farmers beyond the termination of this three-year project