Improving the Quality of Beans



By Gloria Nzeka

A team of researchers in the department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University work to improve the quality of beans and introduce a variety of healthy ways through which beans can be consumed.

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What does Healthy Eating Look Like?

There are lots of ideas out there telling you what to eat and what not to eat. Social media has helped distribute messages about food, nutrition, and weight in a much larger platform. Should I eat gluten? Should I ban bread? Are carbs good for me, or do they make me look ‘fat’?

The answers to these questions are usually ‘junk science’ according to Anne Buffington. She’s the nutrition program coordinator at MSU and is a registered dietitian. And she believes that our bodies know what’s best for us, not twitter or Pinterest.

Reporter Naina Rao talks to Buffington on what healthy eating looks like when messages like these are ignored.




Image courtesy of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources


By Gloria Nzeka

Julia Bella-Bravo and Barry Pittendrigh, researchers in the Feed the Future Innovation Lab – which focuses on improving grain legumes, including beans in Central America and cowpea in West Africa – discuss their project called Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO), an initiative that uses mobile technology to help farmers improve their work.

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How Innovative Agricultural Policies Can Improve Food Production in Africa


By Gloria Nzeka

Hunger is on the rise. The number of undernourished people in the world has increased in the last three years, according to a new report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture organization.

The situation is worse in most regions of Africa where 21 percent of the continent’s population do not get enough food to eat.

Agricultural Economist and Researcher from Nigeria, Wellington Osawe, discusses how implementing the right agricultural policies can help alleviate hunger in Africa.

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