• Capitalizing on digital tools to sustain bean production, trade and consumption amidst COVID-19

    This blog was published by Sylvia Kalemera, Patricia Onyango, Enid Katungi, Boaz Waswa, Eliud Birachi, Noel Templer, Fadhili Kasubiri, Kessy Radegunda, Elvira Omondi, Eward Mushi and Jean Claude Rubyogo   When COVID-19 hit globally, travel restrictions curtailed the physical interactions that were the main mode of information and knowledge sharing and joint planning with partners […]

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  • Engaging Kenyan youth in bean business to boost income

    By Eileen Nchanji and Patricia Onyango   For Ms. Grace Wambui getting into agriculture did not come as her first option. A chance encounter got her here. After school, she started a small business selling motorbikes spare parts and operated a mobile money kiosk at the growing Kiambogo Shopping centre in Nakuru. Getting into agriculture […]

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  • Yellow Bean Corridor: Seed & Grain Trade Potential

    This post is written by Eliud Birachi, Mercy Mutua, Clare Mukankusi, Noel Templer, Louise Sperling, Patricia Onyango, Sylvia Kalemera, Robin Buruchara, Bhramar Dey and Jean Claude Rubyogo. Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) plays a key role in the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Tanzania as a food and nutrition security crop and a source of income […]

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  • Digitally Tracking Dissemination & Targeting Markets: High Iron Bean Seeds in Kenya

    This post is written by Bhramar Dey, Justin Machini, Michael Wilcox, and Jean Claude Rubyogo.     After millions of dollars are invested to develop, test, and release a new variety of seeds, hundreds of thousands are then invested in producing it for sale to farmers. When the seed of a new variety reaches the market for […]

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  • Distributing high iron and zinc bean varieties to women farmers in Kenya during COVID-19

    By Eileen Nchanji Achieving food and nutritional security and economic prosperity is possible even during this pandemic if men and women are given equal opportunities within an equitable system where structural barriers are removed and traditional gender norms and stereotypes are broken. With additional stress on food security caused by social and economic disruptions of […]

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  • Beans, the new ‘cowpea’ in Ghana

    The Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CRI-CSIR), has introduced four new common bean (baked beans) varieties, for adoption by farmers. Hunger and malnutrition persist in Ghana, primarily in the north, as well as in many rural and peri-urban communities across the country. Around 24.2 % of the population live […]

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  • How beans can address food, nutrition and income challenges during COVID 19.

    By Robert Fungo The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant disruptions in food systems, especially on the poorest nations of Africa and Asia. PABRA explores how the bean crop can be exploited, to address these challenges of the affected communities during these pandemic times. The common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.,) is the most important legume for […]

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  • Mourning the passing of Dr. Rodah Morezio Zulu – Nutrition Specialist

    The PABRA Family has lost one of its own! It is with profound sorrow and sadness that we announce the passing on of Dr. Rodah Morezio Zulu on 4 May 2020. She was receiving treatment at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, where she died. Rodah worked with the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture as […]

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  • Women entrepreneurs empowered through beans – Christella, Sheila

    Sheila Alumo, East Africa Development Company, Uganda Sheila Alumo is the Managing Director of the Eastern Agricultural Development Company Ltd (EADCL) in Soroti town of Eastern Uganda. She is passionate about investing in affordable and yet nutritious products. A lawyer by training, Sheila found her passion in social entrepreneurship. She worked the city life and […]

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  • Making rural schools in Tanzania a better place to learn and thrive

    A large proportion of school children in Sub-Saharan Africa suffer from malnutrition, adversely affecting their physical growth and cognitive ability to learn. Many school-age children in food-insecure areas remain out of school for extended periods of time, further negatively impacting their progress in education. The School Feeding programmes (SFP) is a targeted safety net tool […]

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