Development, Testing and Dissemination of Genetically Improved Bean Cultivars for Central America, the Caribbean and Angola
Phase 1, Phase 2
University of Puerto Rico
EAP; USDA-ARS; IIA; CRDA
Juan Carlos Rosas, EAP, Honduras; Timothy Porch, USDA-ARS, U.S.; Antonio Chicapa Dovala, IIA, Angola; Emmanuel Prophete, CRDA, Haiti; Consuelo Estevez de Jensen, UPR, U.S.
Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) is an important source of protein for low income families in Central America, the Caribbean and Angola. Increased or more stable bean yield can improve the diet and provide a reliable source of income for small-scale farm families in these countries. An increased supply of beans should also benefit urban consumers of beans.
1. Development, release and dissemination of improved bean cultivars for Central America, the Caribbean and Angola. 2. Selection of beans for adaptation to low N soils. 3. Develop and test molecular markers for disease and pest resistance. 4. Evaluation of other dry pulse crops for Central America and the Caribbean. 5. Capacity building, increase the capacity, effectiveness and sustainability of agriculture research institutions that serve the bean and cowpea sectors in Central America, Haiti and Angola.