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. ForRead More …

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Urgent action needed to prevent food shortages in West Africa’s Volta Basin

15 July, 2013 by (comments)

Tens of thousands living in West Africa’s Volta Basin could be displaced in 15 years because they won’t be able to grow enough food where they live. Their once fertile land is becoming so severely degraded due to poor land management practices that scientists predict food production in the area could drop by as much as 40% by 2028Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Soils, Soils website

Bean impact: making sense of 16%

12 July, 2013 by (comments)

Having had the chance to witness the spread of better beans in East Africa it was great to hear that the, well, bean counters had been sent in to do a formal impact assessment. The results will form part a series of studies known as the Diffusion and Impact of Improved Varieties in Africa (DIIVA). But at first glance,Read More …

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Why investing in scientific research in Africa is essential – Robin Buruchara

10 July, 2013 by (comments)

With Africa Agriculture Science Week in Ghana fast approaching, here’s an opinion piece to set the scene, from CIAT’s Africa Coordinator, Robin Buruchara. Robin has been well-placed to witness the impact of investments in agricultural research in Africa over the years, and shares his views on why it should continue. This article was first published in This is Africa,Read More …

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South Sudan: PABRA membership promises better beans for world’s newest country

4 July, 2013 by (comments)

South Sudan has joined the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA). The world’s newest country, which will celebrate its second birthday this month, officially became the 29th member of the CIAT-coordinated network following a signing at the federal Ministry of Agriculture in the capital Juba, recently. Beans are a major staple in South Sudan, but two decades of war andRead More …

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Mineral fertiliser is the key to unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential

3 July, 2013 by (comments)

What is the answer to increasing fertiliser use in Africa? It’s a question many have asked for decades, yet, despite a myriad of meetings, programmes, movements and initiatives, the vast majority of efforts to increase fertiliser use among smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa have failed to make a noticeable impact. But, argues Rolf Sommer, CIAT soil scientist and leadRead More …

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“Game changing technologies” needed to fight cassava diseases

9 June, 2013 by (comments)

Alarming outbreaks of two devastating cassava diseases in Africa have prompted an alliance of experts to make an unprecedented international commitment to tackle them. Members of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) announced plans for the sweeping set of measures to impede the spread of the flesh-eating cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) and cassava mosaic diseaseRead More …

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