The GALA project collected and shared information collected from 2600 farmers and, in particular, created widescale awareness of farmers’ strong preference for the yellow type common bean variety Soya Njano. Although Tanzanian farmers’ preference for Soya Njano was well known, the seed was not registered and so not available in the country through formal markets. Instead, other varieties were bred and promoted in the market – and experienced low take up from farmers. Some farmers sourced Soya Njano from Kenya and traded it informally.
The dissemination of GALA’s findings on the high use of Soya Njano by Tanzanian farmers, resulted in the registration of the seed (as Selian 13) enabling it to be legally produced and sold in Tanzania.