• WOMEN EMPOWERMENT THROUGH BEAN FLOURS

    For reduced market barriers, diversified enterprise and livelihood opportunities, and increased availability of diverse nutrient-rich foods How are bean flours empowering women in the African region? When the country plunged into a crisis as a result of the political unrest that rocked Burundi, food shortages and population displacement was widespread. During such times, out of […]

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  • Empowering Zinduka Women’s Group in Tanzania to Produce Quality Bean Seed and Better Their Community

    This post is by Fadhili Kasubiri, Michael Kilango, Agnes Ndunguru, Mary Ndimbo, Kessy Radegunda, Sylvia Kalemera, Patricia Onyango, Noel Templer, Teshale Mamo, Eileen Nchanji and Jean Claude Rubyogo. In 2010, a Zinduka women’s group based in the Mshewe village in the Mbeya region of the southern highlands of Tanzania was established. The mission of the women […]

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  • Can Informal Traders Drive Seed Security? A Case of Eastern DRC’s Bean and Cassava Business

    This post is by Noel Templer, Mercy Mutua, Eliud Birachi, Sylvia Kalemera, Kijana Ruhebuza, Benjamin Wimba, Radegunda Kessy, Eileen Nchanji, Patricia Onyango and Jean-Claude Rubyogo. The eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) comprises North Kivu, South Kivu, Ituri, Maniema and Tanganyika. These provinces are populous and bear significant conflict effects, limiting access to livelihood improvement […]

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  • Participatory Approaches and Demand-Led Research Making Bean Seed Accessible to Millions of Smallholders in Burundi

    by Sylvia Kalemera, Eric Nduwarugira, Nepomuscene Ntukamazina, Blaise Ndabashize, Noel Templer, Kessy Radegunda, Fadhili Kasubiri, Patricia Onyango and Jean Claude Rubyogo. Burundi is a landlocked country. Its economy depends mainly on agriculture, which contributes around 40 percent of the gross domestic product, employs 84 percent of the labor force and contributes to more than 95 percent […]

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  • Empowering women entrepreneurs to deliver quality bean seed in Burundi

    Eric Nduwarugira, Nepomuscene Ntukamazina, Blaise Ndabashize, Patricia Onyango, Eileen Nchanji and Jean Claude Rubyogo Common beans are a major food and cash crop for more than 90% of smallholder farmers in Burundi. However, access to quality seed of improved bean varieties and related services remains a challenge in Burundi which does not have a single seed […]

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  • Banking on beans: Improving nutrition and addressing gender inequality in Africa’s bean value chains

    CultiAF precooked beans project is working to improve nutrition and address gender inequality in Kenya and Uganda. Beans enrich Ugandan households   On the slope of a small hill in Kambugu village in Kiboga, Uganda, Jennifer Nakaye’s green, leafy bean farm stretches over 1.2 ha. Nakaye, 61, keeps her thick, red beans in 90 kg sacks in a wooden store opposite […]

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  • Building resilience for women bean farmers in Kenya in the wake of COVID 19 pandemic

    By David Karanja, Patricia Onyango, Owen Kimani, Eileen Nchanji, and Jean Claude Rubyogo When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Kenya, it exacerbated the already struggling food system. Cognizant of multiple uses of beans, the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) embarked on the promotion of wider use of beans to increase food and nutrition security even before […]

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  • Grain Market: A Pull for Seed Businesses across Bean Corridors in Tanzania Webinar

    The Feed the Future Global Supporting Seed Systems for Development (S34D) activity is implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and its consortium of partners. The analysis of the yellow bean corridor in Tanzania was conducted under S34D by a team of researchers at Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), the Alliance of Biodiversity International and CIAT, Pan-Africa Bean Research […]

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  • Bean Business Innovation Platforms

    For reduced market barriers, diversified enterprise and livelihood opportunities, and increased availability of diverse nutrient-rich foods What are Bean Business Innovation Platforms? Bean Business Platforms are vehicles designed to implement program interventions by bringing together diverse and critical actors to improve business ecosystems and incentivize actors in bean corridors. This approach is operationalized through innovation […]

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  • New bean hub in Cameroon set to meet national and regional food demand in West and Central Africa

    by Siri Bella, Oumarou Palou Madi, Choh Andison, Eileen Nchanji, Patricia Onyango, Owen Kimani Extensive bean research has been happening over the past decade in Cameroon, specifically in two major bean production hubs of West and Northwest regions besides other production areas with favorable climatic conditions such as the Adamawa region. A scoping study was […]

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