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Quinoa was a staple food of the Quechua and Aymara peoples in the Andes region of South America; today it is mainly grown in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Because of its high nutritional value, quinoa is called chisiya, meaning ‘mother grain’ in the Quechua language .

Quinoa is known for its great adaptability to extreme and diverse climatic conditions. Different varieties or ecotypes of quinoa can be grown in diverse climate zones and at varying altitudes which make quinoa an excellent alternative crop in the face of climate change and highlight its potential contribution to ensuring global food security. In addition, quinoa is adaptable to diverse soil types.

This has led to experimental trials in various potential quinoaproducing countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. So far it has been successfully grown in the United States, Morocco, Kenya, and India, to name a few, with hopes of eventual large-scale commercial production

Publication Details

  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FAO
  • ISBN-13: 9788884993397