The bean has been part of the diet for millions of people worldwide for decades. It is a source of nutrition as much as it is a source of livelihood for many. In 1996, an international network of bean researchers was established. It consisted of 31 member countries and, more than 350 partners from private sector service providers, producer and civil society organizations, and policy makers. Since then, our research on beans has provided solutions to challenges faced by researchers and farmers globally and the millions of consumers.