10 FEBRUARY, KUWAIT – Africa's development relies heavily on agriculture, and beans are a key to the sector's prosperous and nutritious future. But to increase productivity and food security, funding for research on beans – which are a key source of protein, iron and zinc – is critical. To support scientific work on beans across the continent, the Al-Sumait Prize for African Development was awarded to the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) on February 10 in Kuwait.
The Al-Sumait Prize is awarded every year to honor individuals or institutions who have made significant advances in the fields of food security, health and education in Africa. PABRA shared the US$1 million prize, which was announced in November, with the Africa Rice Center.
"This is a great honor and major source of encouragement to our partners to do more," said Robin Buruchara, PABRA's recently retired Director, who accepted the prize at the ceremony. "This award will help us scale out and reach even more beneficiaries across Africa."