In the period 2005-2014 there was a sustained increase in both the amount of land used for quinoa production, and production itself in Peru. Cultivated areas increased by 250% as Peruvian quinoa was recognised by the market for its nutritional value, adaptability to different climate zones and its potential for industrial-scale cultivation.
This constitutes a warning of the need for competitive development models to differentiate organic quinoa from the Peruvian Andes and to strengthen the skills of agents in the production chain, to improve business margins in conditions of fairness. Puno is an emblematic case as its production is highly specialised, with different varieties for different niche markets.
Although the value chain has great economic and social potential, quinoa production still faces considerable challenges, and organic production even more so; producers cooperatives and MIPYME face a number of problems:
Help to improve the competitiveness of the value chains of Andean cereals and the farm sector in southern Peru by developing models for facilitating financial and non-financial services that improve productivity and export business skills, strengthen the agents of the organic quinoa production chain and promote the different varieties grown in Puno.
The business development services to be promoted include: The use of technology in harvesting, post-harvest handling, product development and marketing, in order to differentiate the product and improve commercial contacts with trading and export companies.
The project will also seek to expand the supply of financial services through microleasing and working capital loans, multiplying access to inputs and assets that will improve the efficiency of the production process, such as seeds, fertiliser and equipment. We also plan to strengthen institutions in the value chain by supporting the Puno Regional Technical Forum for Quinoa.
2016 - 2017
Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
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