Sowing the seeds of food security
Few so-called superfoods have received as much attention as quinoa in recent years. Originating from and grown mostly in South America, it is hailed for its nutritional value and for being easily cultivated in different climatic and agricultural conditions. For these reasons quinoa has been named by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as the world’s most promising crops in establishing global food security.
In Peru, the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) Trade and Environment Programme (TEP) is working to build farmers’ and exporters’ capacity to meet market requirements and build links to international markets. In partnership with Peruvian Export and Tourism Promotion Board, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), ITC is also working to boost trade intelligence in the quinoa, Andean grain and cacao sectors.
Photographer Tomas Munita visited some the projects in Peru earlier this year and these photographs are the result of that visit.