Farmer Stories tagged "pulses"

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Tanzania: Women continue to grow beans despite gender challenges

Enos Lufungulo December 02, 2018

Although it’s noon and very hot, Verantikisi Daniel Kaaya sits on a brown wooden chair on her veranda holding a round metal […]

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Malawi: Farmers use airtight storage bags to prevent losses and avoid chemicals

Pauline Mbukwa July 09, 2018

When Chifundo Banda heard about PICS bags on the radio, he knew he wanted to try them. Mr. Banda farms soybeans, groundnuts, […]

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Tanzania: Bean farmers reduce post-harvest losses by changing harvesting and transport practices

Dinna Maningo July 09, 2018

It’s harvest season for beans in northwestern Tanzania. Monica Lugesha is wearing a bright blue dress and a shiny pink, waxed headscarf. […]

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Tanzania: Farmer uses Canavalia beans as cover crop to boost soil health

Method Charles May 22, 2018

Happy Mafie’s farm is green and looks well-managed. Her Canavalia beans cover the soil so well that the hot sun doesn’t dry […]

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Ethiopia: Row planting fava bean for a greater harvest

Kathryn Burnham September 04, 2017

The village offices of Bakelo kebele are perched midway up a hill, and small fields dot the land above, below, and all […]

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Tanzania: Earning a good income with soybeans through contract farming

Kathryn Burnham June 05, 2017

It is a long, muddy walk from the centre of Lungo village to Elikuna Emanuel Kuamjama’s fields. Mr. Kuamjama’s maize stands tall […]

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Uganda: New bean varieties grow—and cook—quickly

Tracy Akwii June 05, 2017

Jenifer Nakaye describes her beans as “fast”—both for growing and cooking. The 55-year-old is growing the NABE 14 and NABE 17 varieties, […]

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Tanzania: Growing beans is a family affair in Mbulu

Charles Odero May 29, 2017

Gaspar Mathi is a 54-year-old farmer who, along with his wife, Flora Tlohhy, manages his farming activities a little different: the couple […]

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Tanzania: Farmers switch from local to improved bean varieties to boost yield and profit

Charles Odero May 08, 2017

Bashay village nestles in a large, 1,500 square kilometre valley. Apolinari Haari is a 35-year-old farmer who grows beans here, just outside […]

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Kenya: Farmer makes the switch from wheat to beans

Winnie Onyimbo December 12, 2016

It’s a cold morning in Bomet County in Kenya’s Rift Valley, but Loise Chelagat is already up.  She woke up at five […]

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Uganda: Farmer fights bean pests and diseases with quality seed and pesticides

Tony Mushoborozi December 12, 2016

Beans are one of the staple foods in Uganda, and have recently become a cash crop. But many bean farmers are facing […]

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Uganda: Growing beans for a ready market

Tracy Akwii November 28, 2016

Gertrude Birungi has been farming for years in Kyadaga village in Uganda’s Rakai district. Recently, she switched to growing two particular varieties […]

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