Current Production and Potential of Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoaWilld.) in Peru
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A traditional crop of the Andes, quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.), has generated increased interest among farmers, agroindustries, and national and international research institutions in Peru, due to its nutritive value and ability to adapt to a wide range of auroecological conditions. Quinoa is produced mainly by small-scale farmers, who use traditional production, processing, storage, and distribution systems. These systems generate relatively low yields, varying across different locations and years. Peru's National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA) oversees all quinoa research, technology transfer, and seed production through its national program for Andean crops. The goals of INIA are to increase production and productivity, while maintaining environmental safety and increasing food security. Demand for quinoa has during recent years increased considerably, both nationally and internationally.
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