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25/10/2017

How do small producers face the global boom of quinoa?

In recent years, the world has been taken with this superfood from the Andes and exports from Peru and Bolivia have increased. Why haven't small producers been part of the widespread growth of this product until now? 

Quinoa crops in Caritamaya

The high demand for quinoa from the United States and Europe has translated into valuable income for Bolivia and Peru, which currently represents 80% of the global total exports of this product. Many small quinoa producers, however, still have yet to notice this change and currently find themselves in situations of poverty. 

The Program "Conjunto Granos Andinos" was launched in 2015 as part of an initiative of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID according to its acronym in Spanish) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) along with FAO, UNESCO, the Peruvian government, and the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDGF). The program has multiple objectives: to contribute to reducing poverty; to improve employment and gender equality; and the application of economic, social and cultural rights for the 2,350 rural quinoa producers from Ayacucho and Puno, who are facing situations of poverty and extreme poverty. 

In the two years since the project has been underway, small quinoa producers have already seen improvements in their income. The results also reveal effective support for women and a narrowing of the gender gap. More than half of the beneficiaries of this project are female producers.  

According to Raúl de Mora, spokesperson of the SDGF, this comprehensive project is intended to promote the association of small quinoa producers, “not only in the training process to learn different production techniques, but also in the management of small businesses and through cooperativism to be part of international quinoa distribution chains,” continuing: “The most important thing now is to understand that through production, we can achieve increased income, promote equality and help adapt production to climate change.”

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