• Soil testing platform, a gamechanger in maximizing bean yield for farmers in Uganda

    Soil analysis is important in agriculture because it determines the inputs required for efficient use of soil for crop production. A proper soil test, therefore, ensures that the right fertilizer will be applied to the soil to meet the optimum nutrient requirements of the crops considering the nutrients already present.

  • Canada’s partnership contributes to improved food security and inclusive entrepreneurship in Africa

    As part of his recent visit to Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan, the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) and International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) Nairobi offices were greatly honored to host Honorable Harjit S. Sajjan (https://pm.gc.ca/en/cabinet/honourable-harjit-s-sajjan),  the Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific

  • Delivering Safe Beans for Better Health

    By Dr. Boaz Waswa, Senior Scientist – Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance According to FAO, foodborne diseases affect 1 in 10 people worldwide each year. Over 600 million people fall sick due to various foodborne illnesses. In addition, foodborne illness is responsible for 420,000 preventable deaths every year. The high

  • Making the Bean Corridor work: Lessons from Tanzania

    by Radegunda Kessy, Sylvia Kalemera, Nestory Shida Fadhili Kasubiri, Agness Ndunguru, Mary Ndimbo, Mary Mdachi, Julius Mbiu, Jean Claude Rubyogo and Patricia Onyango Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) plays a key role in the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Tanzania as a food and nutrition security crop and a source of

  • The Impact Partnerships on Smallholder Farmers: Case of Gendro community in Kenya

    The long-standing partnership between PABRA and the Canadian government spans over two decades. This partnership has been through initiatives towards food, income, and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa ensuring rural women are the biggest beneficiaries across these countries. Canada through its partnership has supported research initiatives that have put new

  • Local Farmers to Benefit from Bean value chain projects in Malawi

    About 100,000 smallholder farmers in Malawi will benefit from two projects recently launched in Malawi, seeking to improve the common bean value chain through increased production, processing and value addition and access to readily available markets. The Alliance of Biodiversity International and the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (The Alliance)


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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