• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Farmer digital platform delivers financial inclusion: a case of KADERES in partnership with Tanzanian farmers and banks

    “The least that governments can do is to support digitizing the operations of small-scale farmers because it is going to transform agriculture.” Hon. Brigadier Marco Elias Gaguti, the Regional Commissioner – Kagera region, Tanzania   The majority of smallholder bean farmers, in Tanzania, have not benefited from the potential market

  • Youth economic empowerment through mechanization in Tanzania

    In one hour the machine threshes 8 bags of beans, consuming one litre of petrol with a maximum of 3 people to operate. About one-third of Africa’s nearly 500 million youth aged 15-35 are unemployed. The high rate of youth unemployment remains a critical concern for governments as it results

  • 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