Global Crop Diversity Trust

A Foundation for Food Security

Magic beans to combat anemia

Ordinary bean varieties are good sources of iron, which can help combat anemia, caused by iron-deficiency. A new global project bringing together partners from around the world (including CIAT) is helping to develop and distribute beans that are even more iron-rich. Created through conventional breeding, the variety is biofortified with iron, and also bred to be high-yielding and resistant to heat, drought, and viruses. Moreover, their attractive colors make them popular with consumers.

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