• Beans without Borders

    Beans are essential in sub-Saharan Africa. In East Africa alone, they are among the most-traded commodity. Dr. Clare Mukankusi, Regional Bean Breeder My dream has always been to reach the poorest in Africa through science. And now, as a “doctor of plants,” as my children call me, I help regulate the flow of beans between the world’s largest bean genebank in Colombia and […]

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  • Lessons from field day in Tanzania

    By Jean Claude Rubyogo More than 300 farmers, companies, extension agents and media attended a field day at the Agriculture Seed Agency (ASA) seed farm at Ngaramtoni in Arusha, Tanzania, to raise awareness among smallholder farmer about the value of planting improved bean varieties. Facilitated by the Pan-Africa Research Alliance (PABRA), farmers visited the multiplication […]

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  • New, improved bean varieties enhance food security and diet diversity in Malawi

    By Enid Katungi Our recent study, conducted to evaluate the performance of PABRA over the last two decades, shows remarkable achievements in terms of productivity and the number of people using improved bean varieties. Varietal output, proportion of households using the improved bean varieties and the number of improved bean varieties being used by farmers were […]

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  • Drought, pests and disease on the rise hit harvests in Zimbabwe

    By Enid Katungi For the past two decades, the Pan-Africa Bean Research alliance (PABRA), has stepped-up efforts in Zimbabwe to help farmers boost their bean production as a pathway to reducing poverty.  This is done with the support of the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC). With the same support, we conducted a nation-wide […]

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  • Derese Eshete, Ethiopian Agricultural Research Institute, Ethiopia

    As a senior researcher, Derese Eshete has spent his career with one goal in mind: to improve the living conditions of the farmers he believes he is working for. Having worked on many crops previously, including the country’s “super-grain” teff, he has settled on beans for now. At his desk, looking out onto several fields of the rural Arsi-Negele sub-station in […]

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  • Business Unusual

    I’ve already seen how small changes in eating habits can be life-changing. I’m passionate about working in nutrition. I do what I do because I know how it feels when everybody looks the other way. I was a “preemie” – a premature baby. Weighing a mere 1.08 kg and anaemic, the doctors gave me 72 […]

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  • Banking on a Sustainable Future: From one diverse continent to another

    Common beans evolved in often extreme environments. They offer important opportunities for breeders across Africa to breed beans in varied conditions – from humid highland environments, to near-arid environments with high temperatures and drought. ThePhaseolus genus has what it takes to confront problems that for years we thought to be intractable. Dr. Steve Beebe, CIAT’s Bean Program Leader   PABRA’s bean breeding programs […]

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  • Transforming agriculture for better incomes and diets in Africa

    Citation PABRA. 2017. Transforming agriculture for better incomes and diets in Africa. Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance – PABRA . Uganda. 4 p. Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/80443 AGROVOC Keywords BEANS; PHASEOLUS VULGARIS L.; PLANT BREEDING; SMALLHOLDERS; HUMAN NUTRITION; AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH; INVESTIGACION AGRICOLA Subjects BEANS; Countries BURUNDI; CONGO; CONGO, DR; ETHIOPIA; MADAGASCAR; RWANDA; SOUTH SUDAN; […]

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  • News update

    This year, the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) celebrates 20 years of better beans for Africa  For 20 years, PABRA has helped to breed more nutritious, resilient beans for Africa.  Stay tuned by following this hashtag #PABRA20  and find out more about our work and initiatives here: http://bit.ly/2olaOu4

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  • Scaling success: leading change with the Syngenta Foundation

    The catalyst for change came from catastrophe in Kenya, when farmers in the western part of the country lost their maize harvest to disease in 2012. At that time, Jacinta Majimbo, a bean farmer from Bungoma district in Western Kenya, could never be sure what her harvest might yield. Without access to quality seed, she […]

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