• Sustainable economic, food and nutrition for a better Africa.

    The Pan African Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), is a consortium of three regional bean research networks; East & Central Africa Bean Research Network (ECABREN), West Africa Bean Research Network (WECABREN) and Southern Africa Bean Research Network (SABRN) covering about 30 countries in Africa. SABRN held its 38th steering committee meeting

  • Super Flour to boost nutrition in Uganda

    Nutreal Ltd together with the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) Legumes Programme launched a nutrient dense porridge targeting low income communities. The launch was graced by International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), Makerere University, Ministry of Health, media fraternity and community members from Bwaise

  • Sensitization on Gender-responsive nutrition in rural Uganda: A community approach

    By Eileen Bogweh Nchanji and Grace Nanyonjo ‘Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.’ Women empowerment is cited as one of the pathways through which agriculture can improve nutrition. In most African countries, women are the main decision makers on what is

  • Beans on a spoon

    Technologies for Agricultural Transformation in High Iron Bean in Africa

    We recently kicked off inception meetings in eight target countries for Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Programme. TAAT is a flagship programme funded by the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) as part of the bank’s Feed Africa Strategy. The focus of the TAAT programme is to build capacities and mechanisms

  • Digital Innovation: The way forward for women smallholder bean farmers

    Beans are grown by millions of farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa many of whom are women. They are grown mainly for consumption and only sold when the quantity is in excess. Today, beans are popular trade commodities in local, regional and international markets. The bean boom is as a result of

  • Improved high-iron and zinc bean varieties for better nutrition

    Two bean varieties were recently launched in Arusha, Tanzania. These high iron and zinc climbing varieties of beans scientifically known as MAC44 – Selian 14 and RWV1129 -Selian 15 were released by the Selian Agriculture Research Institute (SARI) for the first time. Tanzania joins other countries in the region such

  • Women drink like our fathers and do not cook like our mothers: deconstructing leisure activities in rural-urban Kenya

    By Eileen Nchanji Being in Kenya for barely three months, I was still grasping with the different ways in which gender plays out in the office and country I will soon call home. To this end, I talked with uber, taxify and little cab drivers on my way to and

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Creating a revolution in bean production in Mwireri, Nyeri

    One evening in October 2017 as a discussion over a cup of tea in a restaurant in Nairobi, Yosam Mugarura, and Mr. Nahashon Kariuki, the Chair of Board of Management (BOM) of the school had just met and were getting to know each other and their professions. Yosam is Head