• The Kenya Academic Year of the Bean

    On a Thursday afternoon, a group of 38 students of Mwireri Secondary School, Mweiga Nyeri are busy in school farm with their agriculture and head teacher, Mr. George Murage, inspecting the individual students bean plots. These are form four students monitoring the germination of the bean seed planted a week ago. This is not just […]

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  • How to empower, not to dis-empower

    By Eileen Nchanji Gender equality is a buzzword not only tied to the agricultural and development sector but also in the entertainment and business sectors, where interest on gender pay gaps are highly contested. Achieving gender equality calls for gender considerations in all activities and stages of planning and implementation. The assumption is that if […]

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  • PABRA Annual Report 2016/2017 – 20th Anniversary Special Edition

    Citation PABRA. 2017. PABRA Annual Report 2016/2017 – 20th Anniversary Special Edition . Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance – PABRA . Nairobi, KE. 41 p.. Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/81196 AGROVOC Keywords REPORTS; RESEARCH; BEANS; PHASEOLUS VULGARIS; SMALLHOLDERS; PARTNERSHIPS; COPARTICIPACIÓN; PLANT BREEDING; FITOMEJORAMIENTO; FARMERS; RESILIENCE; RESILIENCIA FRENTE A IMPACTOS Y CRISIS; NUTRITION; NUTRICIÓN Subjects BEANS; […]

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  • PABRA20 Timeline: At a Glance – 20 Years of Growth

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  • Defining a new approach: better beans for Africa

    By Dr. Robin Buruchara, Director of the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) Editorial of PABRA Annual Report 2016 – 20th Anniversary Special Edition Venture onto any small farm in Rwanda or Uganda at meal time, and I can guarantee you that you will find beans on your plate. Come to think of it, venture onto any […]

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  • When spiders unite, they can tie up a lion

    By Debisi Araba, Regional Director for Africa, CIAT There’s an Ethiopian proverb: “When spiders unite, they can tie up a lion.” I’ve always been fascinated with the potential of sustained thinking and collaborative effort. PABRA is a great example of both. That’s because while Africa is such a diverse continent, with so many tongues and […]

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  • Finding white gold

    By Dr. Jean-Claude Rubyogo, Seed Systems Specialist and East and Central Africa Bean Research Network (ECABREN) Coordinator There was a time when, as researchers, our focus was on breeding beans to have varieties resilient to challenges like soil fertility, or disease and pest tolerant. These improved beans would be released to farmers, and we would go […]

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  • Commodity Corridors: A paradigm shift in PABRA’s business

    In the last 20 years, PABRA researchers have found that novel approaches are needed to eliminate bean production bottlenecks. We have made significant progress towards getting better beans to more consumers, allowing farmers to access better seeds. Our assessment of the bean trade in Africa has revealed major flows of different types of beans between […]

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  • Could “magic beans” help ease Malawi’s maize woes?

    Whichever way you drive into or out of Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, maize is everywhere. It flanks the roadsides for miles and miles; huge, undulating expanses disappear into the distance. You’d be forgiven for thinking the country was preparing for a bumper harvest. But you’d be wrong. This is actually what massive crop failure […]

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  • Include pulses for a nutrition secure world

    Blog post by Prof. Ruth Oniang’o There’s a saying in Kenya: If you haven’t eaten “ugali” (a common maize-based stiff porridge dish), then you haven’t eaten. Substitute ugali for rice, cassava, matoke (starchy bananas), sweet or Irish potato or any other starch staple and it reflects the status that many cultures place on carbohydrates. Indeed, according […]

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