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.
What is quinoa's future in Bolivia?
In a serie of two blogs, our researchers in Switzerland and Bolivia look at the issue of Quinoa. After the price peak in 2013 and a year in the spotlight (2013, International Year of Quinoa), quinoa's price has decreased steadily leaving the farmers with the challenges to sustain their income and production. With more than 20 countries entering the market in 2015, the fierce market competition with Peru and the adverse climatic conditions, how will the quinoa farmers find a path to promote their production?