Iron Beans in East Africa


Rwanda will host the Second Global Conference on Biofortification from March 31 to April 2, 2014.  Farmers in the country have been growing iron beans since 2012, when five varieties were released. To date more than 270,000 Rwandan farming households – or 15 percent of rural farmers in the country – are growing and eating this nutritious crop. Ironread more

“A Green Economy is More than Sustainable Development”

Shenggen Fan

In a New Agriculturist Q&A published today, IFPRI’s Director General Shenngen Fan answered questions about agriculture and the green economy in the context of the recently-wrapped United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20). "A green economy is more than sustainable development," he said. "It is an economy that pursues growth and development objectives while alsoread more

Interview: Monty Jones on walking together to increase productivity

“In the 1990s, there was a decline in trade and food production in Africa. There was also a substantial decline in investments in agricultural research. If we are able to increase investments in research, we will be able to increase production and eventually agricultural productivity. Investments will allow us to produce better technologies; it willread more