• 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

  • 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

  • Webinar: High-yielding, climate-resilient beans kick-start business in Zimbabwe

    SDC flagship project end line report 2020 22 July 2020, 15:00-17:00 hrs (East Africa Time)   Objectives  a.  Share the highlights from the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) b.  Share the approach and impact of Flagship Initiative on the food security, nutrition and incomes of smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe  c.  Share lessons learned and key implications from the

  • Webinar: How beans are beating hunger and malnutrition in Burundi

     SDC flagship project end line report, 2020   20 July 2020, 15:00–17:00 hrs (East Africa Time) Objectives  a.  Share the highlights of the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA)  b.  Share the approach and impact of Flagship Initiative on the food security, nutrition and incomes of smallholder farmers in Burundi  c.  Share lessons learned and key implications from the Flagship Initiative  

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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