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Participatory bean breeding in the Andes

Sticking to tradition
  • 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

Sticking to tradition

Another way to separate beans from pods is to bash the harvested plants with bamboo poles. It's exhausting, but very fast and effective - especially if there is a threat of rain, which can cause harvested beans to spoil with just a few drops.

picture credit: Neil Palmer, CIAT



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