• Kenya partners review the future of High Iron Beans

    Kenya gets most of its beans from Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and DRC as imports. This shows that Kenya is a big market and consumer of beans. If bean productivity in Kenya can be doubled through high-yielding, climate-smart varieties and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), more people will be fed. High Iron

  • High Iron and zinc beans: The new panacea for malnutrition in Zimbabwe

     by Eileen Nchanji and Bruce Mutari Most rural households in Zimbabwe are vulnerable from multiple climatic shocks, cash shortages, price changes, health issues resulting in 33% of the households not getting enough food with 10% experiencing severe hunger. This scenario has translated to a decrease in households consuming adequate diet

  • Fusing Agri-business with creative arts: An alternative source of livelihood

    By  Dr. Eileen Nchanji   Climate is changing, but governments are doing very little to prepare farmers to deal with these changes. Most times the weather information is inadequate and not timely. Foresight studies which can help farmers on how to plan ahead and engage in alternative livelihood activities are

  • Mastercard partners with USADF, CIAT to open up new opportunities for smallholder farmers across Africa

    CIAT and USADF provide funding and support for award-winning Mastercard solution Kampala, Uganda July 10, 2019 – Mastercard has today announced the signing of two public-private partnerships that will extend the reach of the Mastercard Farmers Network (MFN) to millions of smallholder farmers in Africa. Under this partnership, key partners, the

  • Empowering women entrepreneurs to feed the nation

    A case of Ms. Christella Ndayishimye from Burundi The political unrest that rocked Burundi in 2015 plunged the country into a crisis of displaced population and food shortage. Through the Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Burundi (ISABU), the Canada-funded Improving Bean Productivity and Market Access Project recognized the potential of a

  • Breeding better crops for home and for export

    New crop varieties are driving growth in Ethiopian agricultural markets. Specially bred beans already earn the country valuable export income. The country’s Agricultural Research Institute is now building market-led approaches into its breeding programs for all crops. Ethiopian agriculture remains dominated by millions of smallholders. However, new crop varieties are

  • Healthier and Prosperous Africa: ‘AVISA’ Project launched for faster agriculture gains in seven countries

    Tanzanian Minister for Agriculture calls for more public-private collaboration Greater yields, higher incomes, and improved livelihoods – these will be the results farmers in seven countries across Africa could get with the launch of the Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes and Cereals in Africa (AVISA) project. Focusing

  • CBI bags presidential award for the first bio fortified beans in Zimbabwe

    As the world celebrated love, Crop Breeding Institute (CBI), was celebrating beans after receiving a prestigious award by the government of Zimbabwe in recognition of their outstanding contribution in research at the 12th Zimbabwe International Research Symposium 2019. The 2019 theme was The Nexus between Research Industry: Key to Innovation and

  • Precooked beans set to reach more households in Africa

    When the first phase of Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF) project came to an end in 2016, it was clear that a larger scale production and dissemination plan was needed in the next phase. This plan will ensure more households in Africa can access precooked beans which are easier to handle.

  • Beans boosting nutrition and keeping Kenyan students in school

    Bean production initiative at Mwireri Secondary School started in 2017 with a small demonstration to assess the suitability of two varieties for the area. From the success observed, the school has now taken up bean production as one of its self-sustaining enterprises. The school currently grows beans on one-acre piece