quinoa News

  • Award for Quinoa project

    The Wageningen UR project 'Salt tolerant Quinoa for food in China, Vietnam and Chile' has received a major prize. The quinoa project is one of the winners of the Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge. The prize is awarded to researcher Robert van Loo during the WWW in Stockholm. In agricultural lands impacted by high salinity, smallholder farmers realized lower-than-average yields and ...

  • First Quinoa Sown

    Wageningen UR has sown the first quinoa fields at its test facilities in Lelystad and Vredepeel. A number of fields have been sown for nitrogen trials and a number of fields for research into varieties. A further five hectares have been sown for conventional cultivation. Sand and clay The research into varieties is taking place at two locations in ...

  • Wageningen Quinoa Conquers the World

    Consumers can’t get enough of the superfood quinoa, healthy grains which originate from and thrive in South America. Wageningen UR has developed three varieties that also do well elsewhere in the world. “Startling, but understandable,” is how the breeder Robert van Loo of Wageningen UR describes the hip status of quinoa. “It is rich in protein and other healthy ...

  • First quinoa crop harvested

    Wageningen UR researchers have developed three quinoa varieties suitable for cultivation in Europe. These new varieties were planted alongside each other on three Wageningen UR test fields last April. The earliest-ripening variety was harvested yesterday in Lelystad; the remaining two crops will be harvested from the other test fields in late August. The initial yields look quite promising. ...

  • Technology transforms quinoa, and women’s lives

    The Waldo Ballivián municipality lies 4000 metres above sea level, in rural Bolivia. In February this year the NGO Practical Action began working with communities there to strengthen their capacity to produce quinoa by introducing appropriate, small-scale technology. Through the project people have learned how to make the most of their ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Successful International Year of Quinoa 2013 winds down

    Increased production and consumption of quinoa, coupled with higher visibility of and greater scientific knowledge about the so-called "Andean super crop" is the legacy left to the world by the International Year of Quinoa 2013, the closing ceremonies of which were held this week in Bolivia and Peru. "We are happy today - it is a celebration. Our quinoa has been discovered worldwide as an ally in ...

  • Influx of cheap Peruvian quinoa riles Bolivia

    International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that's fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean "superfood." The fight pits hardscrabble, traditional organic growers mostly in Bolivia's semi-arid highlands against upstart Peruvian agribusinesses concentrated on the Pacific coast that include heavy pesticide users. Peru is ...


    By Associated Press

  • Slow Food and FAO launch “Quinoa in the Kitchen”

    The Slow Food movement and FAO officially launched the book, “Quinoa in the Kitchen,” today to continue to promote awareness about the super-food’s potential as the International Year of Quinoa draws to a close. The book gives an overview of quinoa’s roots in the history and culture of the central Andean high plateau, geographically extending across the borders of Peru and ...

  • FAO celebrates quinoa’s legacy with Peru and Bolivia during World Food Week

    FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, Peru’s First Lady and Special Ambassador for the International Year of Quinoa, Nadine Heredia , and Bolivian Minister of Rural Development and Lands, Nemecia Achacollo have participated today in a symbolic quinoa harvest in FAO headquarters. The harvest was by hand, as has been done for centuries in the Andean region. The harvest was the ...

  • More balanced food commodity markets seen in 2013/14

    Food commodity markets, in particular for cereals, are set to be more balanced in 2013/14, according to FAO's Food Outlook report published today. World food imports in 2013 are tentatively forecast at $1.09 trillion, close to last year's level, but 13 percent below the record of 2011, the biannual report on global food markets said. Higher bills for fish and livestock products are anticipated to ...

  • Bolivia expands watershed-based irrigation

    IDB finances construction of new infrastructure and systems for sustainably managing scarce water resources. Bolivia will build 33 community irrigation systems covering 9,000 hectares in seven Departments throughout the country under a US$34 million program financed by the Inter-American Development Bank. Drawing on lessons from past irrigation programs in Bolivia’s arid and semi-arid regions, ...

  • AgriTechNews Money Saving Rice Crops to a New Innovative Fertiliser Approach

    Another week, another agri-tech development taking progress to the next level. From rice crops that can save farmers money and cut pollution to an innovative approach to a new fertiliser, here’s four articles that caught our eye. It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a USDA Aerial Cover Crop Seeding Helicopter ...


    By Rethink Events Ltd.

  • Farmers` Battle To Cope With Climate Change Could Spark Rural Renewal

    Shifting world agriculture to a "climate-smart" approach will not only help prevent future food security crises but holds the promise of sparking economic and agricultural renewal in rural areas where hunger and poverty are most prevalent, argues a new FAO publication. On the one hand, the magnitude and scope of climate change's impacts on agricultural systems means that boosting rural ...

  • Supporting climate-friendly food production

    This summer, record temperatures and limited rainfall parched vast areas of U.S. cropland, and with Earth’s surface air temperature projected to rise 0.69 degrees Celsius by 2030, global food production will be even more unpredictable, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute (www.worldwatch.org). Although agriculture is a major driver of ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

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