Burundi: Breaking down barriers for beans

26 November, 2015 by (comments)

As part of our contribution to the United Nations’ International Year of Pulses, we’re starting a blog series called “Bean-Growing Country of the Month.” This first article focuses on a country that is rebuilding its bean research programme with assistance from the CIAT-supported Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance. Earlier this year, the Center received funding from the Swiss Agency forRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en

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

“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

The evolution of CIAT in Africa – a brief history

2 September, 2015 by (comments)

The scene captured in this black and white photograph from March 1980 holds a special significance for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). The week that these people met in Lilongwe, Malawi, they made a piece of CIAT history. While the idea of CIAT branching out of Latin America to share its bean expertise in Africa had beenRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside Africa, Inside CIAT

Understanding Rwanda’s puzzling nutrition paradox

29 April, 2015 by (comments)

It’s October in Cyuve district, one of Rwanda’s most productive agricultural regions. Looking across the valley to the hills in the far distance, just one crop dominates. Climbing beans. The beans are not yet waist high. Instead, it is the many thousands of uniform two metre wooden stakes reaching into the sky that cover the entire landscape. You’d beRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Beans @en, Crops @en, Gender

New approach launched to fight malnutrition in Rwanda

29 April, 2014 by (comments)

Rwanda’s fight against malnutrition, which affects nearly half of all children under two, stepped up a notch this month. A new survey targeting children under 24 months and women of reproductive age will root out the underlying causes of undernutrition, leading to new approaches to tackle the problem. Commissioned by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI),Read More …

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