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Promoting inclusion of producers in the value chain Amaranth

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  • 2014

In October 2013, the IDB / MIF approved the project Promoting the inclusion of small producers in the value chain amaranth in Chuquisaca, Bolivia. The project has a duration of 3 years from 2014 to 2016 and 1100 producers target group are grouped into 8 POs and 15 Micro and Small Enterprises. The total cost of the project is 1.7 million U.S. dollars, 70% is funded by MIF and 30% by ICCO. While the agreement is signed progress has been made in the recruitment of project coordinator, project adm

The recent explosion of quinoa in the international markets shows us the potential that the Andean grains have for generating valuable opportunities of economic development in the region. Amaranth is one of these grains: being the only gluten-free grain that has vitamin C among its properties, it is an ideal food for fighting malnutrition in children and promoting food safety.
In Bolivia, amaranth is a grain grown in the intern-Andean valleys, with Chuquisaca the main department of amaranth production at the national level. Currently, the growing demand cannot be satisfied due to the weakness in the current value chain and the lack of relationship among its main stakeholders (producers, cooperatives, middle-men and buyers). The limited technical skills of the producers cause low average yields, with post-harvest losses of almost 50%.
On the other hand, the lack of information about the needs of the market, such as differences in price, quality management and delivery deadlines makes the production at consistent levels very difficult in terms of volume and requirements, creating an important barrier to the Access of high-value markets. Finally, the absence of a common strategy to direct public and private investments makes the local governments and chambers of commerce support the sector in isolated ways.

Very few institutions have provided resources and a strategic approach for the positioning of amaranth in the market. The FOMIN and ICCO (Inter-Ecclesiastic Organization of Development for Development, Holland) will support the strategic sectors that participate in the current value chain so they can catalyze their efforts and improve the income of 1,100 families.
Producers and 30 Small and Mid-size businesses in 8 municipalities of north and central Chuquisaca: Alcalá, Azurduy, El Villar, Mojocoya, Sopachuy, Tarvita, y Tomina. In these regions, around 66% of the population lives in poverty.
With an investment of US$1,243,900 the FOMIN will strengthen the institutional capacity of the farmers working in alliance with ICCO, and in identifying opportunities for the creation of synergy and integration of the small producers in the supply chains of local and international companies through commercial contracts, training and agricultural research. ICCO will also coordinate activities with some initiatives of the local government, such as the Committee for the Promotion of amaranth in Chuquisaca, in order to leverage resources effectively.

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  • 2014
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