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Uganda’s rural women find beans to beat climate

This blog was first published in CIAT Blog on 13 October 2016. Sunny Mbeeta Abwooli knows how to whip up a delicious meal, especially when it involves one of her favorite ingredients: beans. “We have many varieties of beans,” says Sunny, pointing to a colorful basket of different bean types. “They are different in color, taste; how they grow. They are all important in my home because they’re easy to grow; to keep during times when food is scarce –…

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Eight bean lines with the perfect combination: drought resistance and high grain yield

NCB 280, NCB 226, SEN 56, SCR 2, SCR 16, SMC 141, RCB 593, and BFS 67, these are the technical names of the eight elite bean lines identified as parents to start new crossings improved for drought resistance at CIAT’s Bean Program. It has thus been reported in the recently published paper entitled Effective use of water and increased dry matter partitioned to grain contribute to yield of common bean improved for drought resistance. Resultado de dos años de trabajo…

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Participants witness the huge impact of improved agri-technologies on farmers and stakeholders along Ethiopian legume value chain

A field trip organized for the participants of the CGIAR Science Forum 2016 provided them an overview of how the legume commodity value chain operates in Ethiopia and how partners of Grain Legumes work together to link smallholder farmers with marketing channels so that even the small and marginalized participants benefit. The visitors got an opportunity to see for themselves the positive transformation in the lives of the beneficiaries of the Tropical Legumes projects and the work that is being…

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School feeding program supported by CIAT in Madagascar. Credit S.Malyon, CIAT

Low-income communities need more affordable and nutritious food

A research project tackling malnutrition among vulnerable populations in Kenya and Uganda is launched in Nairobi today. The three-year initiative targeting women aged 15-49 years of reproductive age, and children aged 6−59 months, aims to develop a quick-to-cook porridge from at least four food groups, affordable for poor communities. Poor dietary diversity among the poor is a key contributor to malnutrition, said Dr. Mercy Lung’aho, a nutritionist at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture in Nairobi. Non-staple legumes such as…

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Beans and other paragons of dietary virtue

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 headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome – is no exception. Despite pulses’ nutritional and other…

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The beans are known as “white gold” because of the high income they fetch.

“White gold” beans to beat drought in Ethiopia

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 drought – the worst to hit the country’s bean-producing areas in 10 years, researchers report – has cut yields by 30 percent. Low…

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New common bean genotypes to confront drought

Drought affects 60% of the bean-producing regions, and is responsible for total crop failure in the worst-case scenario. But this fight is not lost as demonstrated by 13 new bean genotypes developed by scientists of CIAT’s Bean Program using interspecific crosses. The work was done in close collaboration with the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes. This output resulted from several years of…

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New Publication: Grain Legumes Production, Consumption and Trade Trends in Developing Countries

Click to download the Publication Authors: Nedumaran S, Abinaya P, Jyosthnaa P, Shraavya B, Rao P and Bantilan C Published: 2015. Working Paper Series No. 60. ICRISAT, Patancheru, Telangana, India. Summary and Conclusion Grain legumes are important as it is a source of income and nutrition to billions of smallholder farmers and consumers around the world, especially in developing countries. The main objective of this report is to examine the global and regional trends in area under cultivation, production, yield,…

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Five new bean varieties released in Cameroon

This news article was was first published on PABRA News on 24 March 2015. In March, Cameroon celebrated the release of five new bean varieties aimed at reducing malnutrition and raising farmer incomes. A ceremony, opened by the Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation, Dr. Madeleine Tchuinté, to honour the occasion, was held at the Agricultural Research Institute for Development (IRAD) research station of Foumbot on 10th March 2015. The research station is located in one of Cameroon’s most productive bean…

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Climate-smart beans that can beat the heat

Responding to fears that bean production will take a big hit from global warming, CIAT scientists have identified about 30 “elite” lines showing tolerance to temperatures 4 degrees Centigrade above the crop’s normal “comfort zone.” Research on these beans, which is supported by the CGIAR Fund and documented in a recent CGIAR report, represents a major contribution to the CGIAR Research Programs on Grain Legumes and on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. According to computer modeling conducted by Center…

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