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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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en

Cassava as you’ve never seen it

22 February, 2013 by (comments)

When I heard that CIAT cassava breeder Hernan Ceballos had some “very strange” cassava to show us, I didn’t waste any time in calling to clarify what he meant. He gave little away: “you have to see it.” Very soon we were in one of CIAT’s vast fields of experimental cassava. I wondered what exactly we’d find: cassava rootsRead More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crops website

New CIAT bean guide aims to boost yields and seed sales

8 February, 2011 by (comments)

Small-scale bean farmers could soon boost yields and develop high quality seed for sale, thanks to a new field guide produced by CIAT Africa. Bean disease and pest identification and management contains detailed photographs, descriptions and treatments for an exhaustive list of pests and diseases of common beans in Africa, from cut worms and pod borers to blights andRead More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Crops @en

New climbing beans featured in Sci-Dev

5 February, 2010 by (comments)

The recent release of 15 improved climbing bean varieties in Rwanda features in the latest edition of the online development magazine Sci-Dev. The beans, developed by the CIAT and its partner, the Rwandan Agricultural Research Institute (ISAR), are well-suited to rainy, high-altitude areas, and include varieties with disease resistance. Some could triple the yields of the more commonly grownRead More …

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