• Bean based products changing diets in Africa #EachforEqual

    By Eileen Nchanji, Gender Specialist – Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT With increasing urbanization, population growth and high cost of living, the diets in the urban areas are changing. Most people are going for readily available, delicious, affordable and sometimes healthy food and snacks, bio-fortified or fortified with different vitamins and minerals. Bean varieties have […]

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  • Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance receives award for its contribution towards Food Security through bean research

    Africa’s development relies heavily on agriculture, and beans are a key to the sector’s prosperous and nutritious future. But to increase productivity and food security, funding for research on beans – which are a key source of protein, iron and zinc – is critical. To support scientific work on beans across the continent, the Al-Sumait […]

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  • Towards faster cooking varieties of beans: ACIAR launches an innovative breeding project in East Africa

    KAMPALA, UGANDA, 10th, December 2019 – The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has launched a new project in six countries in East Africa to improve common bean varieties and provide shorter cooking time, higher protein and increased nutrients (Iron and Zinc) to promote the health and well-being of small landholder African women, men […]

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  • Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance announced finalist of US$1 million Al-Sumait prize

    The Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) was awarded the 2019 edition of the US$1 million Al-Sumait Prize for African Development on November 25. PABRA, which is coordinated by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), shared the award with the Africa Rice Center, said the Al Sumait Prize Board of Trustees in a statement after choosing the […]

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  • Kenya partners review the future of High Iron Beans

    Kenya gets most of its beans from Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and DRC as imports. This shows that Kenya is a big market and consumer of beans. If bean productivity in Kenya can be doubled through high-yielding, climate-smart varieties and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), more people will be fed. High Iron Beans (HIB), besides being a […]

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  • High Iron and zinc beans: The new panacea for malnutrition in Zimbabwe

     by Eileen Nchanji and Bruce Mutari Most rural households in Zimbabwe are vulnerable from multiple climatic shocks, cash shortages, price changes, health issues resulting in 33% of the households not getting enough food with 10% experiencing severe hunger. This scenario has translated to a decrease in households consuming adequate diet and an increase in households […]

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  • Fusing Agri-business with creative arts: An alternative source of livelihood

    By  Dr. Eileen Nchanji   Climate is changing, but governments are doing very little to prepare farmers to deal with these changes. Most times the weather information is inadequate and not timely. Foresight studies which can help farmers on how to plan ahead and engage in alternative livelihood activities are recommended. Malawi has one main […]

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  • Mastercard partners with USADF, CIAT to open up new opportunities for smallholder farmers across Africa

    CIAT and USADF provide funding and support for award-winning Mastercard solution Kampala, Uganda July 10, 2019 – Mastercard has today announced the signing of two public-private partnerships that will extend the reach of the Mastercard Farmers Network (MFN) to millions of smallholder farmers in Africa. Under this partnership, key partners, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture […]

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  • Empowering women entrepreneurs to feed the nation

    A case of Ms. Christella Ndayishimye from Burundi The political unrest that rocked Burundi in 2015 plunged the country into a crisis of displaced population and food shortage. Through the Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Burundi (ISABU), the Canada-funded Improving Bean Productivity and Market Access Project recognized the potential of a small enterprise known as “Totahara”. […]

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  • Breeding better crops for home and for export

    New crop varieties are driving growth in Ethiopian agricultural markets. Specially bred beans already earn the country valuable export income. The country’s Agricultural Research Institute is now building market-led approaches into its breeding programs for all crops. Ethiopian agriculture remains dominated by millions of smallholders. However, new crop varieties are enabling them to move from […]

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