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Peru promotes the virtues of quinoa on the Internet

May 21, 2013


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Quinua.pe: everything from questions about production to delicious recipes.

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • In the context of the International Year of Quinoa, a website was launched to promote the virtues of this super food, from its cultivation to the preparation of dishes.
  • Quinua.pe has received more than 7,400 information downloads and has had over 26,500 visits since its launching in early 2013.
  • Homemakers’ response to the recipes published on Facebook has been enthusiastic.

Appointing First Lady Nadine Heredia as the ambassador for International Year of Quinoa was the first step in a series of activities to make this grain Peru’s flagship product.

A key activity of the global campaign was to create a space to disseminate interesting facts and to extol the virtues of this highly-nutritious food. To that end, quinua.pe was created in early 2013. The website provides information and answers questions from different publics, including producers, organizations, universities and consumers.

Quinoa has a high protein content, which ranges between 12.5% and 16.7%, more than other grains such as wheat, corn and rice. In Peru, Puno is the leading producer of this crop, accounting for approximately 82% of total production. In order of importance, the country’s other leading producers are Junín, Arequipa, Cusco, Huancavelica, Ancash, Ayacucho and Apurímac. In 2012, Peru produced more than 44,207 tons of quinoa.


" “I have a 2-hectare field at 3,400 meters above sea level, which has been fallow for over three years. I’m thinking about planting quinoa for export. What I would like to know is: What is the average kilo/hectare yield at that altitude? What type of quinoa do you recommend for export and considering the altitude of the plot? What is the price per kilo of quinoa on the local and foreign markets? What types of processed products are in demand on the global market? Is it necessary to grow organic quinoa for export?” "

Edward Uribe Domínguez

Huaraz farmer. Consultation on website.

Quinoa in the world

The World Bank has joined the celebrations of International Year of Quinoa, promoting its excellent nutritional properties and the plant’s role in improving the lives of Bolivian farmers.

In Peru, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture’s AgroRural Program, the World Bank’s Partnerships Program has financed several projects that include activities to improve quinoa production and marketing in Ayacucho, Apurímac, Huancavelica, Huánuco, Junín and Pasco, the six poorest regions of Peru.

Quinua.pe already has more than 400 free downloads (including books, recipes, videos, photos and research studies). Thanks to support from the Office of the President’s Directorate of Welfare and Social Action and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other members of the Quinoa Multisectoral Commission, the website has had more than 7,400 information downloads and over 26,500 visits so far.

Huaraz farmer Edward Uribe Domínguez, wrote on the website: “I have a 2-hectare field at 3,400 meters above sea level, which has been fallow for over three years. I’m thinking about planting quinoa for export. What I would like to know is: What is the average kilo/hectare yield at that altitude? What type of quinoa do you recommend for export and considering the altitude of the plot? What is the price per kilo of quinoa on the local and foreign markets? What types of processed products are in demand on the global market? Is it necessary to grow organic quinoa for export?”

If you have a question about production or would just like to learn how to make a delicious quinoa-based dish, we invite you to visit quinua.pe and to follow our recipes on our Facebook page, which has been a big hit with homemakers.

 “Our audience is varied; we receive visits from everywhere. We have identified three broad publics: farmers, homemakers, and scientists and academics. Technical consultations are usually from specialists and experts in the field,” said Doris Mejía, communications manager of Soluciones Prácticas, which administers the website.

Article by Doris Mejía, Maria Paula Estrada and Giannina Solari of Soluciones Prácticas.


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