Enhancing Nutritional Value and Marketability of Beans through Research and Strengthening Key Value-Chain Stakeholders in Uganda

  • Date Posted: April 6, 2011
  • Authors: Robert Mazur, Henry Kizito Musoke, Dorothy Nakimbugwe, Michael Ugen
  • Document Types: Case Study or Vignette
  • Donor Type: Non-Governmental Organization

This short note presents the approach being used by the Dry Grain Pulse Collaborative Research Support Program in Uganda to improve nutritional outcomes through the development of the bean value chain.  The initiative explicitly applies a sustainable livelihoods framework and related tools, including through its emphasis on using participatory methodologies.  In the context of minimal commercialization and low productivity of the bean crop, despite its high micronutrient content, the project works to address multiple overlapping value chain constraints.  The note describes some of the primary interventions, including research and testing of appropriate bean varieties and food products, business skill training and improved access to market information.  Unfortunately, the early stage of the project is reflected in the lack of concrete food security results that are reported.