• New common bean varieties to benefit African women and children

    Good progress has been made in the first 12 months of an innovative project linking The UWA Institute of Agriculture researchers and east African partners to breed new, fast-cooking common bean (Phaseolus spp) varieties biofortified with iron and zinc. This Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)-funded project is a

  • Benin joins PABRA to introduce sustainable bean research for development in West Africa

    Did you know that almost 80 percent of Benin’s 11.2 million people earn a living from agriculture, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) states? Despite being a subsistence sector, agriculture contributes about 34 percent to this west African nation’s Gross Domestic Product. It is for the

  • Gender and Nutrition considerations in Demand Led Breeding: Experiences from Rwanda

    Annuarite Uwera, Eileen Nchanji, Clare Mukankusi, and Patricia Onyango Participatory plant breeding is not new in Rwanda. Its history can be traced between 1988 to 1990 when local experts drawn from the pool of older women carried out the process (Sperling 1992; Sperling et al. 1993). On-farm results demonstrated farmers’

  • Demand – led Breeding through a Gender lens: Experiences from Zimbabwe

    Bruce Mutari, Patience Mashiri, Eileen Nchanji, Clare Mukankusi, and Patricia Onyango Discussions on gender integration in conventional breeding are not new. These talks started in the 1980s when women farmers were integrated into on-station and on-farm breeding activities (Sperling, Loevinsohn, & Ntabomvura, 2008). Currently, gender integration has shifted from mainly

  • Farmers reaping big benefits from climate information services in Rwanda

    by Desire Kagabo, Yvonne Munyangeri, Patrick Mvuyibwami, Patricia Onyango With a per capita consumption of more than 150g per person per day, beans are the most consumed and important source of protein and essential micro-nutrients in Rwanda. Its Eastern Province is particularly prone to climate risks for bean production because

  • Unlocking the potential of bean production and marketing for improved nutrition and income in Kenya

    By: Owen Kimani, Boaz Waswa, Justin Mabeya and Josey Kamanda On the undulating landscape of Omobirona village, Nyansiongo Ward, Nyamira County, in Kenya, is a healthy bean crop planted to showcase the newly released high iron and zinc bean varieties; Angaza, Faida and Nyota. Thirsty for knowledge, farmers are seen

  • Better beans for Africa

    Insufficient iron in diets is a leading cause of anemia, a condition that particularly affects pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as children under the age of five. Through collaborative plant breeding efforts with farmers and other partners, CGIAR scientists have developed and scaled up hundreds of varieties of iron-biofortified

  • World Pulses Day 2021: Counting on beans for healthier diets and planet

    by Patricia Onyango Heard about bean jam? Precooked beans anyone? Beans are a powerful superfood. And thanks to the efforts of breeders, the crop has evolved from mere staple food to a nutritious commodity that also brings farmers higher income. Packed with protein, high in iron and zinc content, they

  • Webinar Invitation to Celebrate World Pulses Day

    This year’s World Pulses Day celebrates the contribution of pulses to healthy diets with the theme #LovePulses for health diets and planet. You are invited to our webinar session Counting on beans; catalyzing investment for increased resilience, gender equity and improved nutrition on 10 February 2021 from 1600 – 1730hrs (East Africa Time). The Pan-Africa Bean Research

  • Graduate scaling great heights growing climbing bean for fresh pod market in Uganda

    By Charles Katabalwa (CEDO), Gabrielle Birwa Luyima (NARO), Patricia Onyango, Owen Kimani, Eileen Nchanji, Justin Machini, Jean Claude Rubyogo Fresh pod beans are becoming a popular source of protein among urban dwellers in Uganda. They are considered highly nutritious and cook faster compared to dry beans. Depending on the variety planted, the