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HarvestPlus improves nutrition and public health in Rwanda by promoting beans that provide more iron in the diet. We work with more than 30 partners drawn from government, business, and civil society.

HarvestPlus supports the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) to breed, test, and release varieties of iron beans developed through our partnership with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Beans are the predominant staple food in Rwanda. 

We work with private farmers, cooperatives, and non-governmental partners to produce and multiply certified seed of released varieties for delivery to farmers. A payback system ensures that poor farmers receive free seed, which they repay in kind upon harvest.

In partnership with public and non-governmental organizations, we train farming households in crop management, nutrition, postharvest handling, and marketing.

We are also working to facilitate private sector engagement in the value chain for iron beans, which is essential for long term sustainability of the bean seed distribution, and to strengthen markets for biofortified crops.

Public awareness campaigns leverage the power of mass media and local icons, including music stars, to educate Rwandans on micronutrient deficiencies and the benefits of iron beans.

Our advocacy seeks to strengthen national ownership of biofortification through effective integration into national nutrition and agricultural policies.

“Before, when I was growing the indigenous variety, I could hardly harvest 1 ton, but now I harvest 3 tons of iron-rich beans from the same 2 hectares of land.”
— Shiragahinda Augustin, Farmer from Northern Province

Country Contacts

Joseph Mulambu, HarvestPlus Country Manager-Rwanda,

c/o CIAT B.P. 1269, Kacyiru, Kigali,

Phone: +250 784 057 448



• International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

• Development Rural du Nord (DERN)
• Development Rural Durable (DRD)
• IMBARAGA Rwanda Farmer Federation
• Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)
• Ministry of Agriculture (MINAGRI)
• Ministry of Education (MINEDUC)
• Ministry of Health (MOH)
• Ministry of Local Governance (MINALOC)
• Rural Sector Support Project (RSSP)/ Land Husbandry, Water Harvesting and Hillside Irrigation (LWH) (RSSP/LWH)
• Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB)
• Rwanda Improved Seed Company (RISCO)

• University of Rwanda (UR)
• Win-Win Agritech
• World Food Programme (WFP)
• World Vision

• Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC)
• Cornell University
• East and Central African Bean Research Network
• Flinders University, Australia

• Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Burundi (ISABU), Burundi
• Kansas State University
• Michigan State University
• National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI)/ National Agricultural Research Organisation, Uganda - Bean Program
• North Dakota State University
• Nutrisurvey – Jürgen Erhardt
• Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA)
• Penn State University
• SEED Solutions, SEED Infotech Ltd.
• Selian Agricultural Research Institute