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- Late rains saved the quinoa crop in Bolivia
Despite the severe drought from August to December last year, the quinoa crop appears to be much larger than anticipated. Recent statements from the Centro Internacional de la Quinoa (CIQ) suggest that production may be 82,500 tons. The remarkable recovery of the quinoa crop is attributed to late rains falling from December onwards in many areas. … read more »
- First chia production in Europe
France is still a starting market for chia seeds, but it is the first European country to produce chia. This is one of the findings of the market analysis on production and imports of chia seeds in Europe which was recently published by Michel Peperkamp of ICI Business. Uganda is a new and fast growing … read more »
- The effect of changing quinoa prices in Bolivia: perspectives from consumers and farmers
By Jenneke van Vliet* and Freek Jan Koekoek In the first decade of the 21st century the millennial Andean food crop quinoa became known to the world as ‘superfood’: a gluten-free pseudo-cereal that contains all the essential amino-acids for human beings and a high content of proteins and minerals. As a consequence, we witnessed an … read more »
- Peruvian quinoa harvest damaged by adverse weather
According to various industry experts, 15% to 30% of the quinoa harvest in Peru for 2017 has been destroyed by adverse weather. Mercadero therefore expects the production volume for 2017 to range between 70,000 and 86,000 tons.1 Due to extreme drought late last year and early 2017, at least 10% of the quinoa fields in … read more »