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‘Super beans’ to increase food rations for South Sudanese refugees

by Futures Centre, Mar 2
1 minute read

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and its partners are distributing a high-yield, fast-growing, non-GMO bean to refugees in Uganda to help replenish their stocks. An estimated 2,000kg of beans per hectare can be grown from 50kg of seeds, which mature 10-20 days faster than most local bean varieties. The bean, called Nabe 15, was developed by scientist to help ease the burden of Uganda’s more than 1 million South Sudanese refugees and lack of funds which let to a cut in food rations last year.

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Nabe 15 is also more resilient to pests, disease and drought, making it ideal for the small farming plots allocated to refugees, which are not usually conducive for production.

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