• Healthier and Prosperous Africa: ‘AVISA’ Project launched for faster agriculture gains in seven countries

    Tanzanian Minister for Agriculture calls for more public-private collaboration Greater yields, higher incomes, and improved livelihoods – these will be the results farmers in seven countries across Africa could get…

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  • Promoting Nutrition Transformative Change through gender in Kenya

    by Eileen Bogweh Nchanji, Scholastica Wambua, and Jacinta Simba     Empowering a woman is empowering a nation, but empowering a family is empowering the world Rural women play a central role in…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Beans without Borders

    Beans are essential in sub-Saharan Africa. In East Africa alone, they are among the most-traded commodity. Dr. Clare Mukankusi, Regional Bean Breeder My dream has always been to reach the poorest in Africa through science. And now, as a “doctor of plants,” as my children call me, I help regulate the flow of beans between the world’s largest bean genebank in Colombia and many countries in Africa.  Beans are essential in sub-Saharan Africa. In East Africa alone, they are among the most-traded commodity, and a meal is often considered incomplete without them. In many African countries, every woman, with only a very small piece of land, can grow and sell beans, to put a nutritious meal on the table.  Thanks to decades of research, we have already made huge progress in improving beans. They are now more nutritious and affordable, and the plants are more productive and hardy in the face of heat and drought.   But if we’re going to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, we’re going to need to raise the bar even higher. That ’s why the 37,000 accessions at CIAT’s global bean collection in Colombia, and the 3,000 at our genebank in Uganda are at the heart of the work of PABRA to improve beans for the continent.   As a breeder, I rely on genetic diversity to make progress. If one bean variety is lost forever, we might never know how its unique attributes could have helped us – and future generations – tackle specific challenges, especially in light of future threats like weather extremes.

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  • Low-income communities need more affordable and nutritious food

    A research project tackling malnutrition among vulnerable populations in Kenya and Uganda was launched in Nairobi on April 5th, 2016. The three-year initiative targeting women aged 15-49 years of reproductive age,…

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