Breakthrough in Rwanda: climbing to new heights

17 November, 2015 by (comments)

Ellen Tuyisenga has the answer. It came to her one day in the field, as she talked with friends about earnings from the previous bean harvest. One lady recounted that she had made more than US$1,000. Then her husband took the money away, leaving her with nothing. “I saw how hard the women worked, but they could not makeRead More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Crops @en, Crops website, Gender

Beans and Other Paragons of Dietary Virtue

9 November, 2015 by (comments)

When the United Nations (UN) General Assembly designates an issue to be the focus of an international year, this is usually a tacit admission that people around the world tend to take the issue for granted, even though they shouldn’t. The International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016) – which is being formally launched on 10 November at the headquartersRead More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Crops @en

Impatient with Hunger

13 October, 2015 by (comments)

In adopting the sustainable development goals (SDGs) at the United Nations summit held last month in New York City, world leaders made it very clear what agricultural research must accomplish in the years to come. By 2030, this research must, among other things, help reach goal 2 – “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainableRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Crops @en

“White gold” beans to beat drought in Ethiopia

5 October, 2015 by (comments)

  New drought-resilient white beans – most commonly used to make baked beans – will be deployed to Ethiopia, as erratic weather threatens national production and farmers’ incomes. Severe drought in Ethiopia, Africa’s largest exporter of the bean used to make baked beans, could hit production for millions who cultivate and rely on income from the bean. The droughtRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crops @en, Crops website, Regions

Video: the stakes are high

11 September, 2015 by (comments)

Demand for cassava in Asia is on the rise. As wet or dry starch, it’s in everything from noodles to pharmaceutical products, and has a growing niche in gluten-free and low fat foods. In Cambodia, this is a massive opportunity for smallholder farmers, who depend on income from the crop to support their livelihoods. But cassava intensification could have dramatic environmentalRead More …


Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Regions

Banking biodiversity in Vietnam

24 August, 2015 by (comments)

Disappearing under a thick canopy of leaves, Tran Thi Ha is quick to point out five different types of the root crop cassava on her farm – and their somewhat unusual uses. “We use the stems of cassava stakes as a medium to grow mushrooms,” she says, pointing to a line of cut cassava stems. Nestling in the foothillsRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Regions

A Date with Big Data in Uruguay

18 August, 2015 by (comments)

It was definitely not love at first sight. Gonzalo Rovira had prepared carefully for this first date. Years of experience assured him that all would go well. But when the big moment arrived, he felt intimidated. His date was a platform named “R,” which is widely used by scientists and statisticians for data analysis. Rovira had a long storyRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Rice @en