The passion to increase productivity and marketability of beans in the south Gondar area is underscored by the Ras-Gayint union through incubating inclusive business idea of producing Shiro from beans of high mineral content. Shiro is a popular and affordable roasted and spiced pulse powder mainly consumed in the form of sauce.
Shiro is usually produced from different pulses like field pea, chickpea, faba bean and grass pea. Due to less development put in the pulse sector, production of above-mentioned pulses is declining, and price is becoming unaffordable especially for low-income consumer groups. Unlike other pulses, common bean production is relatively on the increase. Nonetheless, it is not common to process Shiro from beans. The Food and Nutrition Society of Ethiopia confirmed beans can equally make Shiro just like the other pulses. Common beans are relatively cheap as compared to other Shiro making pulses. In addition to reaching low-income consumers with affordable Shiro from beans, the availability of bio-fort improved bean varieties helps to enhance the nutrient content of Shiro made from beans.