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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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Accelerating pulse production in southern India

Pulse farmers across two south Indian states, Telangana and Karnataka are being exposed to new technologies, varieties, hybrids and innovations in agronomic practices, for improving productivity and thus contributing to the Indian national program of attaining self-sufficiency in pulses. During a recent project review meeting, partners discussed challenges in the seed supply chain, technology uptake by farmers, scale-up challenges, need for developing standardized protocols for agronomic practices, need for mechanization and other issues faced on field and shared work plans…

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One of the released parasitoid wasps, Therophilus javanus. Photo: IITA

Farmers in Benin adopt new natural enemies to fight pod borers in cowpea

Damage caused by pod borer Maruca vitrata, the most destructive pest of cowpeas, can lead a loss of up to USD 3 billion per year in West Africa alone. To reduce the losses, farmers resort to spraying insecticides, most often inappropriate ones and without protective equipment and gear, thereby exposing themselves and their families to serious health hazards. The damage by the caterpillars of the pod borers can cause up to 80% damage on cowpea farms. Worse, over the years…

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Faba bean (green) and barley (partially harvested) planted on a highly degraded landscape Photo: ICARDA

A new faba bean variety replenishes soils and raises hope in Ethiopia

Farmers in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia are among the largest faba bean producers, but have all but lost hope in the crop. Ethiopian faba bean production was abandoned for over a decade due to low productivity as a result of disease and natural resource degradation. Farmers by dropping the crop from farming systems, were forced to fallow the land in order to maintain soil fertility for barley production. However, in North Shewa, farming communities see hope in the latest…

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Molecular breeding provides good results for pigeonpea

Various products such as hybrid purity testing kits, markers for disease resistance and enhancing yield and yield-related traits, novel populations for bringing new alleles/combinations in future pigeonpea hybrids/varieties are some of the important outputs of the USAID-funded project ‘Pigeonpea improvement using molecular breeding’. Information on the 11 products developed during Phase I of the project was shared with stakeholders at a recent workshop, at ICRISAT-India. Dr Bahiru Duguma, Director, Food Security Office, USAID, mentioned that USAID was keen on this…

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Grain Legumes is a partnership among four CGIAR Research Institutes: ICRISAT as lead center, CIAT, ICARDA and IITA, along with several public and private institutes and organizations, governments, and farmers worldwide.

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