International Year of Quinoa 2013
IYQ 2013 Statement
The year 2013 has been declared "The International Year of Quinoa" (IYQ), in recognition of the indigenous peoples of the Andes. They have traditionallyprotected and preserved quinoa as a food for present and future generations thanks to their longstanding knowledge and cultivation practices which are in harmony with nature.
The International Year of Quinoa was proposed by the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, with the support of Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia, Guyana, Honduras, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Liberia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Seychelles, Venezuela and Uruguay with the backing of FAO.IYQ was approved by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011. The Conference highlighted the exceptional nutritional properties of quinoa, its capacity to adapt to different agro-ecological soils and its potential contribution to the fight against hunger and malnutrition.