Jean Claude Rubyogo

Global Bean Programme Leader and Director, Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA)

Mr. Jean Claude Rubyogo is the Global Bean Programme Leader and Director, Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) a pan African research for development organization working in 31 countries. PABRA is coordinated by the Alliance of Bioversity International and International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (The Alliance) based in Nairobi-Kenya. The Global Bean Programme is a multidisciplinary research for development programme that aims at increasing food and nutrition security, improving the well-being and income of farming households in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America through exploiting the genetic diversity of the Phaseolus genus, the inclusive deployment of crop management practices, and improved market linkages. For more than 30 years, he has focused on impactful and inclusive seed systems research for development, technology delivery systems and research product commercialization and wider utilization. He has contributed to and led various research for development projects in agricultural research areas, including participatory crop research in partnership with value chain actors and building partnerships to commercialize and scale up proven technologies including farmer & consumer demanded and climate resilient varieties. For the last 20 years, he has been the Seed Systems Specialist at PABRA and has led multi-country public private partnership initiatives and multi-disciplinary teams developing and deploying sustainable and impact-oriented bean seed systems and complementary management to reach more than 35 million smallholder farmers (58.5% being women) across PABRA member countries. Jean Claude has led several demand led seed systems initiatives across other legumes (cowpea, groundnut, chickpea, soybean, and pigeon pea). He is also contributing to the ongoing professional development of the current 300 plant breeders in the Demand Led Breeding (DLB) Community of Practice. Jean Claude has extensively published several articles, books and book chapters on bean/legume seed systems and technology delivery systems models.