Bean farmers go with the information flow. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Principally based on Projects R7568, R7569, R7965 and R8414. Smallholder farmers throughout East and Central Africa are benefiting from new, integrated strategies to protect their bean crops. The methods are particularly beneficial to women, who are the principal bean growers. Control options include pest-tolerant, high-yielding varieties, fertilisers and weed control. The key to success is the use of a participatory approach that builds on indigenous knowledge to generate interest among farmers. Each group and community selects its preferred dissemination methods from a range of options, including media (radio, newspapers, TV, video), promotional materials (extension posters and leaflets, group reports), and traditional communication methods (word of mouth, drama, poems and songs).

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact, Annex. Attached PDF (17 pp.) taken from the CD.


CPP08, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 18.

Published 1 January 2007