The contribution of the CIAT genebank to the development of iron-biofortified beans and well-being of farm households in Rwanda

Stefania Sellitti, Genebank Impact Fellow

Stefania studied Economics and Management at the University of Trento, Italy, and completed her Master in Economics at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. Her research interests include development economics, food security, rural development, and impact assessment, with a particular focus on Latin American countries. Since 2016, she has cooperated with the CIAT on research on the impact of Fair Trade coffee certification in Latin America. Stefania was selected as one of the recipients of the Genebank Impacts Fellowship Program of the Crop Trust in 2018 to document the contribution of CIAT bean germplasm to farmers in Rwanda.

The Genebanks

The 11 CGIAR genebanks currently conserve 730,000 of cereals and grain legumes, forage crops, tree species, root and tuber crops, bananas and crop wild relatives.