An impact assessment (IA) study was conducted in Rwanda in 2015 Season B in order to establish the adoption rates of HIB varieties among rural bean producing and to generate useful information on delivery and breeding efforts by analyzing the facilitating/hindering factors to adoption and diffusion of HIB varieties. A nationally representative listing exercise preceded the main household survey for the impact assessment. The listing exercise was conducted across 120 rural villages in 29 provinces of Rwanda and was administered to a total of 19,575 households. The aims of the listing exercise were to determine the adoption rate of High Iron Beans (HIBs) and to inform second-stage sampling for the main impact assessment survey that was to follow. This report presents results from the listing exercise.
According to the listing exercise, almost one third (29%) of rural bean farmers in Rwanda have grown HIBs in at least one season since their first release in 2010, and about one fifth (21%) of rural bean farmers reported to have grown at least one HIB variety in Season B 2015. Over half (approximately 54%) of farmers who adopted HIBs since 2010 have continued to cultivate these varieties either on a continuous basis or intermittently. There are variations in adoption patterns across provinces and varieties. Adoption rates are highest in the Eastern province (roughly 42% of bean farmers) and lowest in the Western province (roughly 17% of bean farmers).
Asare-Marfo, D.; Herrington, C.; Alwang, J.; Birachi, E.; Birol, E.; Diressie, M.T.; Dusenge, L.; Funes, J.; Katungi, E.; Labarta, R.; LaRochelle, C.; Katsvairo, L.; Lividini, K.; Lubowa, A.; Moursi, M.; Mulambu, J.; Murekezi, A.; Musoni, A.; d’Amour Nkundimana, J.; Oparinde, A.; Vaiknoras, K.; Zeller, M. Assessing the Adoption of High Iron Bean Varieties and Their Impact on Iron Intakes and Other Livelihood Outcomes in Rwanda. Listing Exercise Report. IFPRI, Washington, DC, USA (2016) 43 pp.