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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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, CIAT in the media

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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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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PABRA: Agricultural transformation in Ethiopia and beyond

29 April, 2013 by (comments)

Published in the new CIAT Annual report 2012-2013. There is a revolution taking place in East Africa. At its center, lies the humble white pea bean – and a market-led approach that is transforming agriculture, stirring institutional change, and stimulating economic growth. At Tuka Langano village in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, Milko Bati sits on her veranda. She used toRead More …

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HarvestPlus – better crops, better nutrition

23 April, 2013 by (comments)

Published in the CIAT Annual report 2012-2013, out now. HarvestPlus, the joint CIAT- International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) programme to develop nutritionally-improved – or “biofortified” – staple food crops in Africa, Asia and Latin America, marked its ninth year with a number of new crop releases and improved systems to get the crops into the hands of smallholderRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity

Grain legumes come out of the shadows with major research programme

12 February, 2013 by (comments)

A new multi-million dollar research programme aims to improve the livelihoods of up to 1 billion people by boosting the productivity of some of the most important – but long-neglected – smallholder food crops. Grain Legumes – one of the 16 multi-partner CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) – will develop new varieties of chickpea, common bean, groundnut, lentil, soybean, pigeonRead More …

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Climbing beans reach new heights in Rwanda

29 January, 2013 by (comments)

Already one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the United Nations predicts that Rwanda’s population of around 11 million people is set to nearly quadruple by the turn of the century. An Upward Spiral – the story of climbing beans in Rwanda from CIAT Colombia on Vimeo. With a pressing need to sustainably boost food productionRead More …

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