Productor / ANAPQUI

Anapqui is the National Association of Small Farmers of Quinoa, and was founded in 1983 to promote the economy of quinoa through the improvement of working methods, the advancement of sales, and financial support with prices much higher than the conventional market (at least 50% higher).
Quinoa has been grown since the times of the Incas, and is a very valuable food product. Its protein content is so high that it can substitute animal protein, and it has properties of both grains and dairy products. The locals call it “the golden fruit of the Andes.”
Anapqui offers farmers the ability to bring their product to market in more favorable conditions, and has converted quinoa growing into an instrument of land conservation. It has also allowed the local population to continue living in an area that would otherwise be abandoned.
Anapqui has now integrated seven regional organizations with 12,000 families in total, and is structured on a regional basis. Its main objective is to create new and alternative sales channels to give quinoa new opportunities and save its traditional farming system.
The Natural Quinoa Production Program (Proquinat) is part of the association. Its principal goal is the control, monitoring, certification, and promotion of organic quinoa cultivation. The farmers count on a few small factories to obtain quinoa leaflets, quinoa popcorn, quinoa flour, inspections, and periodic certifications to guarantee the biological origin of their products. In fact, all of the products of Anapqui are organically certified under international regulations of Germany, France, Switzerland, England, Belgium, U.S.A, Japan, Malaysia, Brazil, and Chile.
There is also a project called PROCEC that emphasizes training, education, and communication for leaders and their employees, and benefits more than 1,800 families per year.






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