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Participatory bean breeding in the Andes

Harvest time
  • 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

Harvest time

When the beans are harvested the pods are very dry and brittle. A traditional method of dislodging bean seeds from the pods is placing the harvested plants in sacks and beating them against the ground.

picture credit: Neil Palmer, CIAT



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