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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Filed Under: Beans @en, Crops @en

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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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Multimedia @en

PABRA’s vast vaults of research to be released online

23 January, 2013 by (comments)

Twenty three years of bean research in Africa means one huge pile of reports, which equals one big headache if, for example, you want to research which ‘super’ bean variety had a huge impact on Ethiopia’s economy, and why. Soon you can kiss the headaches goodbye. The coordinating team of the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) has just finishedRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en

RWANDA: Release of iron-rich climbing beans featured by AllAfrica

21 June, 2012 by (comments)

The release in Rwanda of five new, nutritionally-improved climbing bean varieties, has been covered by news network AllAfrica. The high-iron beans were developed by the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) using seeds from CIAT’s gene bank in Colombia, as part of the HarvestPlus program. Take a look:

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

Rwanda: Climbing beans featured in The Guardian

30 April, 2012 by (comments)

UK newspaper The Guardian has just run a 10-picture feature on the successful work of the Rwanda Agriculture Board, CIAT and a host of partners to develop and release improved climbing beans in Rwanda. Rwanda is already running out of land, and by 2100 the United Nations predicts that the current population will almost quadruple. This means sustainable intensificationRead More …

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