European quinoa imports drop and price falls

Smaller import volume For the first since the quinoa boom began in 2013, there is a small decrease of 6.5% in European quinoa imports instead of growth (Figure 1). Bolivian exports have grown a lot and exports from Ecuador a little, but Peruvian exports are much lower, in the year ending February 2018. The increase … Read moreEuropean quinoa imports drop and price falls

Late rains saved the quinoa crop in Bolivia

Despite the severe drought from August to December last year, the quinoa crop appears to be much larger than anticipated. Recent statements from the  Centro Internacional de la Quinoa (CIQ) suggest that production may be 82,500 tons. The remarkable recovery of the quinoa crop is attributed to late rains falling from December onwards in many areas. … Read moreLate rains saved the quinoa crop in Bolivia

The effect of changing quinoa prices in Bolivia: perspectives from consumers and farmers

By Jenneke van Vliet* and Freek Jan Koekoek In the first decade of the 21st century the millennial Andean food crop quinoa became known to the world as ‘superfood’: a gluten-free pseudo-cereal that contains all the essential amino-acids for human beings and a high content of proteins and minerals. As a consequence, we witnessed an … Read moreThe effect of changing quinoa prices in Bolivia: perspectives from consumers and farmers

Peruvian quinoa harvest damaged by adverse weather

According to various industry experts, 15% to 30% of the quinoa harvest in Peru for 2017 has been destroyed by adverse weather. Mercadero therefore expects the production volume for 2017 to range between 70,000 and 86,000 tons.1 Due to extreme drought late last year and early 2017, at least 10% of the quinoa fields in … Read morePeruvian quinoa harvest damaged by adverse weather

Global quinoa imports continue to grow, although at a slower pace

Global quinoa imports continue to grow, although not as fast as in the previous years. The latest trade data show that quinoa imports in the world reached a total of 75,208 tons in the year ending September 2016, which is 13% more than in the previous year (Figure 1).             … Read moreGlobal quinoa imports continue to grow, although at a slower pace

Drought will cause Bolivian quinoa production to fall dramatically

Quinoa production in Bolivia may fall 50% in 2017, according to research conducted at Mercadero. This means that production will drop from 69,000 tons in 2016 to 35,000 tons. Three main factors are pointing to a lower harvest. First, farmers have become demotivated by the continuing low prices they receive for their crop. Second, the … Read moreDrought will cause Bolivian quinoa production to fall dramatically

The Economist on the effects of the quinoa boom

Few stories have dominated the public perception about a food item more persistently than the 2013 article in the Guardian titled: ‘Can Vegans Stomach the Unpalatable Truth about Quinoa.’ The Economist now takes on the claim that increasing demand by western ‘food fadsters’ is driving the population in Peru and Bolivia into poverty and undernourishment. … Read moreThe Economist on the effects of the quinoa boom

The expansion of quinoa production

The article “The Global Expansion of Quinoa: Trends and Limits” published in Frontiers in Crop Science sketches the expansion of quinoa production, with a focus on the distribution of germ plasm. Based on a mini survey among experts, the authors Didier Bazile, Sven-Erik Jacobson and Alexis Verniau present interesting data on testing and breeding of … Read moreThe expansion of quinoa production

Annual quinoa imports into European Union exceed 20,000 tons in February 2016

Annual quinoa imports into the European Union reached 20038 tons in February 2016, representing a growth rate of 29%. Growth thus continues to be strong, although lower than in the previous year, when it stood at 54%, and in the year before, when it was 68%. The analysis of monthly data shows that in February … Read moreAnnual quinoa imports into European Union exceed 20,000 tons in February 2016

Figures for European Consumption of Quinoa revised

After our post of December 2015 on European quinoa consumption, we received an email from Mr Jason Abbott of AbbottAgra specifying the contribution of quinoa produced in Europe to the figures of apparent consumption. Based on this, we revised our preliminary figure for apparent consumption for the Year Ending October 2015 to 20362 tons. Mr … Read moreFigures for European Consumption of Quinoa revised