Development of Cost-Effective and Sustainable Seed Multiplication and Dissemination Systems for Improved Bean Cultivars that Meet the Needs of Limited-Resource Bean Farmers 8
Washington State University
Oregon State University, Texas A&M University (US); CIAT (Colombia); Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania); Bunda College, Total Land Care; Concern Universal; TOSCI; CARE, Magu; LVIA, Dodoma; World Vision, Hai; Irente Farm, Lushoto; District Councils in Magu, Dodoma, Lushoto and Hai Districts (Malawi)
Carol Miles, David Holland (US); Flavianus Magayane, Dismas Mwaseba (Tanzania); Charles Masangano (Malawi)
1. Establish participatory research on-farm trials in Malawi and Washington to evaluate variety performance, to improve feedback to breeders and to promote an effective bean breeding and selection process. 2. Survey bean use patterns and preferences of farmers in Malawi, survey bean use patterns and preferences of farmers and market vendors in Malawi and Washington, and in the U.S. evaluate cooking time of heirloom varieties and new niche market varieties. 3. Investigate the effectiveness of seed multiplication programs (including Bunda and SUA) to produce seed of newly released Bean/Cowpea CRSP varieties to increase availability of the seeds at affordable prices to rural communities. 4. Investigate the effectiveness of different extension institutional arrangements and approaches in increasing the adoption of CRSP varieties. 5. Assess the genetic variability of heirloom varieties in the U.S. through PCR assays.