• 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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  • Have you registered? 28 February to 4 March 2016, Livingstone, Zambia

      Organisers of the Pan-African Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference have announced eight thematic plenary sessions to be included in the programme. Ecological approaches to integrated pest management in grain Legumes.  Enhancing yield potential and resilience to abiotic stress through genetic improvement of grain legumes. Gender and innovations in improvement of grain legumes agri-food systems.   Grain […]

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  • How to stake climbing beans

    Climbing beans have the potential to provide farmers with yields three times higher than bush beans – that’s 3x more food on the table or 3x more money in the pocket for the millions of smallholder farmers who rely on agriculture for their living. But there’s an added challenge to growing climbing beans – they climb. And they […]

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  • Burundi: Breaking down barriers for beans

    As part of our contribution to the United Nations’ International Year of Pulses, we’re starting a blog series called “Bean-Growing Country of the Month.” This first article focuses on a country that is rebuilding its bean research programme with assistance from the CIAT-supported Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance. Earlier this year, the Center received funding from […]

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  • Breakthrough in Rwanda: Climbing to new heights

    Ellen Tuyisenga (pictured below) has the answer. It came to her one day in the field, as she talked with friends about earnings from the previous bean harvest. One lady recounted that she had made more than US$1,000. Then her husband took the money away, leaving her with nothing. “I saw how hard the women […]

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  • New PABRA Infographic: Better beans to enhance food security, incomes, and health in Africa

    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 […]

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  • Beans to the rescue in the fight against child malnutrition and school absenteeism in Madagascar

    Twelve-year-old Branza has lived in an orphanage in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital, since 2010, because his parents cannot afford to feed him. Madagascar is known for its sunny beaches and scuba diving. What many don’t know is that nine out of ten Malagasy people live below the poverty threshold, according to a 2013 World Bank report. […]

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  • Bean recipe book published in Zambia

    A Zambian book containing recipes for healthy bean-based meals is now available online. The book, created by the National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC) and Zambian Agricultural Research Centre (ZARI) in partnership with the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) in 2014, was developed to aide health extension workers in their efforts to improve nutrition and […]

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  • Cameroon releases new five bean varieties

    Last month (March 2015), Cameroon celebrated the release of five new bean varieties aimed at reducing malnutrition and raising farmer incomes. A ceremony, opened by the Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation, Dr. Madeleine Tchuinté, to honour the occasion, was held at the Agricultural Research Institute for Development (IRAD) research station of Foumbot on 10th March […]

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