• Unlocking Kenya’s bean value chain

    In western Kenya’s drought-prone Narok District, Pastor Stanley Shunkuru (pictured) surveys his land. Today it lies barren, the sun burnt leaves of the last of his bean crop swaying in the breeze. And yet he smiles. The bean season is over and his crop has already been harvested. This season

  • Adapting beans to a changing climate

    Adapting agriculture to the adverse effects of climate change is vital, none more so for smallholder farmers who tend to suffer the brunt of varying temperatures and rainfall patterns. PABRA bean breeder, Clare Mukankusi, reports on how a participatory action research project could help farmers adapt to the immediate effects

  • Good things come in small packages

    Smallholder farms are just that, small. Small farms, and, invariably, small incomes.While the one of the aims of agricultural research is to increase productivity and create bigger incomes, when it comes to finding solutions, it often pays to think small – a tactic PABRA used to have a big impact on

  • Climbing beans reach new heights in Rwanda

    Already one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the United Nations predicts that Rwanda’s population of around 11 million people is set to nearly quadruple by the turn of the century. With a pressing need to sustainably boost food production in the country, the photo film An

  • On the trail of DR Congo’s Purple “Gorillas”

    HarvestPlus is one of PABRA’s many partners working to increase micronutrient-rich bean production and consumption in DR Congo. This story was first published on the CIAT blog on 11 July 2013. British newspaper, The Guardian, published a picture feature on Gorilla Beans in its Global Development section on 22 July 2013. We’ve travelled about an