Rwanda to Host the Africa Plant Breeders Association Conference 2021

Objective of the side workshop

Showcase an efficient CGIAR-NARES partnership model that promotes capacity development and links research and variety development to high variety adoption and utilization and inclusive impacts at scale

Venue: Kigali

Dates: 25th – 29th October 2021

Time: 1400-1600hrs (CAT)



The Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA-Africa) is a great example of a successful CGIAR-NARES partnership model that has resulted into great impacts on the livelihoods of millions of people in Africa.

PABRA focuses on common bean and is coordinated by the Alliance of Bioversity International and International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (The Alliance); one of the CGIAR centers working with more than 540 partners along the bean value chain across Africa.

These partners are organizations that support research for development of national bean programs of 31 African countries and enable PABRA achieve wide impacts. PABRA’s strengths lies in the strategic public-private partnerships that help to meet institutional, infrastructural, and technological changes needed to boost the bean sub-sector. Through a demand driven breeding approach, the PABRA has developed and promoted over 700 marketable, nutritious, and resilient & high-yielding bean varieties across the 31-member countries over a period of 25 years.

Promising breeding lines or new bean varieties developed in one country are shared with other countries where they may be suitable. In this way, countries which lack the capacity to undertake their own breeding programmes still benefit from the improved germplasm.

In addition to developing and releasing new farmer and consumer demanded varieties, PABRA aims to ensure that appropriate seed is available to farmers through demand led seed systems.