• CIAT & PABRA at the Pan-African Grain Legume conference

    Over 450 of the world’s most prominent grain legume researchers met in Livingstone, Zambia, earlier this month for the Pan-African Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference, a signature event of the UN-declared International Year of Pulses 2016. Organised by CIAT, Legume Innovation Lab and IITA, the week-long event brought together researchers working across legumes, including common bean, cowpea and […]

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  • Global survey shows shortfall in research investment in pulses

    Researchers attending the Pan-African Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference in Livingstone, Zambia, this week have expressed concern at the lack of funding of research in pulses. Annual funding in pulse research, which covers 13 different crops, hovers at $175m, yet crops such as corn receive billions in investments. For more information see press release […]

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  • “White gold” beans to beat drought in Ethiopia

    New drought-resilient white beans – most commonly used to make baked beans – will be deployed to Ethiopia, as erratic weather threatens national production and farmers’ incomes. Severe drought in Ethiopia, Africa’s largest exporter of the bean used to make baked beans, could hit production for millions who cultivate and rely on income from the […]

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  • Understanding Rwanda’s puzzling nutrition paradox

    It’s October in Cyuve district, one of Rwanda’s most productive agricultural regions. Looking across the valley to the hills in the far distance, just one crop dominates. Climbing beans. The beans are not yet waist high. Instead, it is the many thousands of uniform two metre wooden stakes reaching into the sky that cover the […]

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  • Partnership – the heart of bean research

    If you had to choose just one word that captures the essence of bean research in Sub-Saharan Africa it is ‘partnership’ – between researchers, farmers, policymakers, nutritionists, private sector service providers  and every other actor along the bean value chain. From the moment Dr Gerardine Mukeshima, Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, opened the […]

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  • Raising the profile of legumes – starting with seed systems in Eastern Africa

    “Grain legumes don’t get the attention or investment that they deserve”, so say more than 50 grain legume experts and value chain actors who gathered in Nairobi on 28 to 30 January 2015 – which is precisely why the UN has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (otherwise called grain legumes). But why exactly […]

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  • Nutritious, cheap and… convenient? Capitalising on untapped bean markets

    The project – ‘Enhancing food and nutrition security and income generation through post-harvest value addition: A case of precooked beans’ – is a US$2.5 million project supported under the Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund (CultiAF) set up by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). A new public-private […]

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