Quinoa: the Real Opportunity and the Real Challenges

“I believe quinoa is truly a food for the indigenous (...) I hope this International Year of Quinoa will be a catalyst for learning about the potential of quinoa for food and nutritional security, for reducing poverty especially among the world’s smallest farmers and for (achieving) environmentally sustainable agriculture.” - Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary-General at the launch of the International Year of Quinoa at U.N. Headquarters

 

Alter Eco hosted a webinar to discuss the economic opportunities and real challenges of the global quinoa marketplace, resulting from the growing demand for this ancient grain. During this year’s dedication of the International Year of Quinoa, the grain was heralded for its economic potential, nutritional value and ability to adapt in the face of changing climates. Alter Eco’s model for sourcing quinoa in partnership with ANAPQUI (Bolivia’s largest association of farmers – representing 2,000), serves as a real world case study that indeed proves this reality at a microlevel, demonstrating its potential for the global community.

  

 

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Summary of the Webinar

Frequently Asked Questions on Quinoa

Alter Eco - ANAPQUI Partnership Model

 

  

Find out from firsthand sources entrenched in the Bolivian marketplace:

-       The REAL economic opportunity quinoa is providing for the poorest of the poor in Bolivia.

-       The REAL challenges and potential roadblocks to growing the industry in a way that ensures continued benefit to the region and its residents while maintaining the endurance of the land.

-       The rigorous practices and supply chain implemented by one company, which demonstrates how the quinoa industry in Bolivia can expand in a way that ensures sustainable growth.

 

Find out from firsthand sources entrenched in the Bolivian marketplace:

-       The REAL economic opportunity quinoa is providing for the poorest of the poor in Bolivia.

-       The REAL challenges and potential roadblocks to growing the industry in a way that ensures continued benefit to the region and its residents while maintaining the endurance of the land.

-       The rigorous practices and supply chain implemented by one company, which demonstrates how the quinoa industry in Bolivia can expand in a way that ensures sustainable growth.

Firsthand Sources and Speakers of the Webinar:

-       Alter Eco President and Co-founder, Edouard Rollet

-       Alter Eco CEO and Co-founder, Mathieu Senard

-       Pablo Laguna, PhD, an anthropologist specializing in development issues, who has been focused on research and practical experience on the Altiplano in Bolivia.

-       Miguel Choque Llanos, Commercial Director for the National Association of Quinoa Producers, AKA ANAPQUI, the largest quinoa cooperative in Bolivia, along with Don German Nina, a farmer from the ANAPQUI cooperative.

 

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Additional Resources:

United Nations news story on quinoa consumption in Bolivia
 
Ban Ki-moon declares 2013 "The International Year of Quinoa"