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Participatory bean breeding in the Andes

Valuing local knowledge
  • Breeding better bush beans
  • Trial sites
  • Valuing local knowledge
  • Best of the bunch
  • Harvest time
  • Sticking to tradition
  • Colour check
  • Start of a new season
  • Bean team

Valuing local knowledge

Farmers evaluate each bean plot, detailing the favourable and unfavourable characteristics of the plants. This enables CIAT to produce bean varieties with the traits that farmers prefer, and are therefore more likely to grow.

picture credit: Neil Palmer, CIAT



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