• PABRA mentors award winning scientist on Improving smallholder farmers’ food security through disease resistant common beans

    Bean researchers are almost always cooped up in the laboratory and farm trials looking into various ways of improving production and productivity. They spend months and even years looking at solutions that will maximize bean yields to ensure food and nutrition security. Beans are a quick source of proteins and other essential micronutrients needed for […]

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  • Common Beans: The Greener Pasture for Northern Tanzania Pastoralists

    By: Radegunda Kessy, Sylvia Kalemera, Fadhili Kasubiri, Patricia Onyango, Owen Kimani, Jean Claude Rubyogo For the longest time when one mentions Maasai, the image that comes to mind is of young men—warriors—living in the wilderness, moving their livestock from one seasonal pasture to another, coping with the vagaries of nature and the dangers of attack […]

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  • Promoting nutrition strategies to cope with COVID 19 in Lesotho

    by Pauline Lekeba-Sithole Malnutrition is still a major challenge in Lesotho with infants and children under-five mortality rates being high in rural children compared to those in the urban. Children in rural Lesotho have limited access to basic health services, education, income, and nutrition. In 2014, the national prevalence of children under-five who are overweight […]

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  • Alternative income for rural women in Zimbabwe in the wake of COVID 19

    By Nyarai Chisorochengwe Agriculture is primarily the backbone of Zimbabwe’s economy.  To cope with the sting of poverty, most people, especially women, have ventured into growing various crops and rearing chicken to improve food and nutrition security in their households. The most practiced farming type of farming is either dryland farming with one cropping season […]

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  • Putting digital agro-climatic services in the hands of bean value chain actors

    By: Desire M. Kagabo, Yvonne U. Munyangeri, Patrick Mvuyibwami, Livingstone Byandaga, Boaz Waswa, Louis Butare, Teshale A. Mamo, Rowland Chirwa, Jean Claude Rubyogo, and Patricia Onyango   “The app is just lovely…. I can easily advise the farmers about DACA without challenges” Participant, Zambia “I liked the fact that country teams can take part in […]

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  • Women Building Resilience In Sub Saharan Africa

    These articles first appeared in the Gender Newsletter dated 30 Sept 2020 by Eileen Nchanji – PABRA Gender Specialist in collaboration with gender focal persons in the National Agricultural Research Systems in various countries Adaptation aux changements climatiques et agroécologie par les femmes au Burkina Faso – Eveline Compaore Le Burkina Faso est un pays […]

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  • Bundling inputs and agricultural extension services in a gender equitable manner to increases bean production in the lower Rift of Kenya

    By Patricia Onyango, Boaz Waswa, Eileen Nchanji, Josey Kamanda, and Collins Leboo   Across Africa, farmers’ access to agricultural advisory services is limited due to the weak extension systems. This is even worse with the COVID-19 pandemic where there have been restrictions on travel and gatherings. To close this gap, the Cereal Growers Association (CGA) […]

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  • Little spaces promise more food and nutrition security for households in Kenya

    Boaz Waswa. Josey Kamanda and Patricia Onyango Did you know that with just a small space you can set up a kitchen garden with various crops including beans? Increasing land scarcity especially in urban and peri-urban areas calls for fresh ideas for ensuring a regular supply of fresh food. Kitchen gardens offer a unique opportunity […]

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  • 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 and joint planning with partners […]

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  • 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 in Nakuru. Getting into agriculture […]

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