Fourth World Congress on Quinoa, 8 to 12 July 2013 Universidad Técnica del Norte, Ecuador

In the context of the 2013 International Year of Quinoa, Ecuador will host the Fourth World Congress on Quinoa and the Andean Grains First Symposium from 8 to 12 July 2013. The event is organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries of Ecuador, in collaboration with the Universidad Tecnica del Norte and the Autonomous National Institute of Agricultural Investigation (INIAP).


Faced with the challenge of increasing the production of quality food to feed the world's population in the context of climate change, quinoa offers an alternative for those countries suffering from food insecurity. The Fourth World Congress on Quinoa will increase understanding of the important role the grain can play in eradicating hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Long a staple of Andean diets, quinoa’s popularity has soared globally in recent decades. The grain has two great advantages — it is extremely nutritious and highly adaptable. Rich in protein, amino acids, fibre and minerals, Quinoa’s tolerance to arid conditions makes it an attractive crop for farmers in all regions. 

The congress will also provide information on other Andean Grains- amaranth, kañiwa, chocho and ataco.

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