Gorilla beans featured in The Guardian

22 July, 2013 by (comments)

UK Newspaper The Guardian has published a picture feature on Gorilla Beans in its Global Development section today.

The beans – rich in iron and zinc – were developed by HarvestPlus, a joint programme of CIAT and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). They’re proving popular with farmers in eastern DR Congo, where micronutrient malnutrition is widespread.

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For the full story, read On the trail of DR Congo’s purple “gorillas” on the CIAT blog.

And follow the the links if you’re interested in the work of the CIAT-coordinated Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) and its partners to develop improved beans in neighbouring Rwanda here, here, and here, and in South Sudan here. For an opinion piece on the importance of investing in scientific research in Africa, with a specific focus on the importance of beans, see Robin Buruchara’s recent article from the Financial Times, here.

For a recent piece, also in The Guardian, on work to develop nutritionally-improved staple food crops in Brazil, see here.

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