The Common beans observatory is an initiative led by The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) with support from Pan-African Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), to establish an information system that provides indicators related to the global bean production context. It includes data related to the bean context in each country, production system information, trade and competitiveness information, bean consumption data, inventory of technologies related to the crop, recent news, and will present data on seed systems, varieties and socioeconomics collected by PABRA in a dynamic and interactive way for the benefit of key players in the bean sector.
The information displayed on the platform is built based on data provided through open-access primary and secondary information sources from different national and international organizations, which is why we highlight the importance and contribution of these organizations.
The Common Beans Observatory is expected to become a lighthouse that attracts multi-stakeholders to avoid “not see the forest for the trees” and to advance research and strengthen crop economic systems.
In what context is this tool useful?
This tool is useful for all the stakeholders interested in Common Beans. Particularly those who seek up-to-date information about the status of the crop to guide their decision-making or identify new research questions.
Economist and Project Manager based in Colombia, part of the Performance, Innovation, and Strategic Analysis for Impact (PISA4Impact) program of the Bioversity-CIAT Alliance.
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Foresight and Applied Economics Unit of the Alliance Bioversity-CIAT. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and was a Graduate Research Assistant jointly for the International Science and Technology Practice and Policy (InSTePP) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).