Quinoa has been grown and eaten in the Andes of South America for thousands of years since the Incas first domesticated it. But world consumption skyrocketed after 2013 when the UN declared it “The Year of Quinoa” and the plant’s health benefits – gluten-free, high in protein and omega oils – became more widely known.
The value of global quinoa exports rose by more than 235% between 2013 and 2015, from $135.53m to $321.56m, according to The International Trade Centre.
How did Ecuador’s farmers react?
Ecuador, South America’s third largest producer of quinoa, grows the crop in the inter-Andean valleys at an altitude of about 3,800m. Read More via Adama.