Is quinoa on your diet? Are you tempted by the exotic scent of cardamom in your local tea shop? Any idea where the tender beans on your plate come from, and how they are produced?
The demand for new agricultural products with specific nutritional characteristics and year-round availability has constantly been on the rise in recent years – and so has their price. These market dynamics have a profound effect on the places where such products are grown. In many cases, these are rural areas in developing countries where agriculture is the main economic sector. Accordingly, high-value crops hold the promise of stimulating rural development in the global South: employment is expected to lift poor people – and women in particular – out of their multiple dependencies on small-scale agricultural production, offering them and their children new perspectives.
Consumption of quinoa in Bolivia
By Alejandro. A 2011 New York Times article refers to the growing popularity of quinoa in U.S. and European markets, making it less accessible to low-income Bolivians. Concern was also expressed about the need to rethink the purchase of quinoa from Bolivia in order for the product to fall in price and contribute to ensuring food security for the population. Other reports argued that quinoa was the main food of the Bolivian population, and that the incentives of the boom to produce quinoa for export would severely affect the food security of the population.[...] This small essay seeks to answer how and to what extent has the export of quinoa affected the consumption of this grain in Bolivia?