The Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) has accomplished a lot over the last few years.

The Alliance, coordinated by CIAT and made up of over 350 partners, has released more than 550 new bean varieties in Africa since 1996, all of which were bred to be better than their ancestors.

This isn’t trivial: Beans have great potential to improve the food security, incomes, and health of rural and urban people, and make a significant contribution to national economies. That’s why PABRA works across the bean value chain, with activities starting from crop breeding right up to – and led by – the marketing and consumption of beans.

If you’re still not convinced about the power of the humble bean, this new infographic ought to help bring the issue to light.