BRIEF FOCUS: Nutrient-rich beans for improved nutrition, incomes, and soil fertility

NUA 45 alias ‘magic’ bean is bio-fortified and provides valuable food and nutrition security for small-scale farmers and their families. It is rich in protein, iron, and zinc; improves soil fertility, and produces higher yields than local bean varieties. 

This four-page brief, prepared by Rowland Chirwa and Chifuniro Mankhwala of the Alliance of Bioversity and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), is part of Africa RISING’s series of information briefs (#BRIEF FOCUS). It summarizes key facts about the benefits of the NUA 45 bean variety after four years of validation with farmers in Malawi. Inspired by the medicine labels you will typically find enclosed in over-the-counter medicine dispensed at pharmacies around the world, this brief gives just the right dosage of information needed for you to experience the magic of the ‘magic bean’!


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