This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R8415: Dissemination of improved Phaseolus
bean varieties in Tanzania.
New bean varieties are now available for the Southern Highlands of
Tanzania. These include 'Urafiki', which tolerates drought and
disease, and cooks well. 'Urafiki' has been adopted by many women
farmers, especially by those growing for market. It has great potential
for drier areas too. Working with public-sector seed supply systems,
NGOs and community groups has brought the new varieties to many
villages. Adoption rates of even recently-released varieties are very
high: up to 40%. And, seed from the 350 farmers that were growing
'Urafiki' in 32 villages has already spread to 400,000 growers.
Laminated information sheets are available which describe 'Urafiki'
and other new bean varieties produced at the Uyole Agricultural Research
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (10
pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP28, 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.