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  • Demand – led Breeding through a Gender lens: Experiences from Zimbabwe

    Bruce Mutari, Patience Mashiri, Eileen Nchanji, Clare Mukankusi, and Patricia Onyango Discussions on gender integration in conventional breeding are not new. These talks started in the 1980s when women farmers were integrated into on-station and on-farm breeding activities (Sperling, Loevinsohn, & Ntabomvura, 2008). Currently, gender integration has shifted from mainly

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  • Farmers reaping big benefits from climate information services in Rwanda

    by Desire Kagabo, Yvonne Munyangeri, Patrick Mvuyibwami, Patricia Onyango With a per capita consumption of more than 150g per person per day, beans are the most consumed and important source of protein and essential micro-nutrients in Rwanda. Its Eastern Province is particularly prone to climate risks for bean production because

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  • Unlocking the potential of bean production and marketing for improved nutrition and income in Kenya

    By: Owen Kimani, Boaz Waswa, Justin Mabeya and Josey Kamanda On the undulating landscape of Omobirona village, Nyansiongo Ward, Nyamira County, in Kenya, is a healthy bean crop planted to showcase the newly released high iron and zinc bean varieties; Angaza, Faida and Nyota. Thirsty for knowledge, farmers are seen

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  • Better beans for Africa

    Insufficient iron in diets is a leading cause of anemia, a condition that particularly affects pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as children under the age of five. Through collaborative plant breeding efforts with farmers and other partners, CGIAR scientists have developed and scaled up hundreds of varieties of iron-biofortified

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  • World Pulses Day 2021: Counting on beans for healthier diets and planet

    Heard about bean jam? Precooked beans anyone? Beans are a powerful superfood. And thanks to the efforts of breeders, the crop has evolved from mere staple food to a nutritious commodity that also brings farmers higher income. Packed with protein, high in iron and zinc content, they also play an

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  • Webinar Invitation to Celebrate World Pulses Day

    This year’s World Pulses Day celebrates the contribution of pulses to healthy diets with the theme #LovePulses for health diets and planet. You are invited to our webinar session Counting on beans; catalyzing investment for increased resilience, gender equity and improved nutrition on 10 February 2021 from 1600 – 1730hrs (East Africa Time). The Pan-Africa Bean Research

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