Monthly Archives: May 2012

Llama Llamas of the Altiplano

We had another very productive day today. First, we met with Willy Choque, a recognized agronomist who used to work at FAUTAPO and now is the Director of Scientific Investigation for the Technical University of Oruro. He really liked our … Continue reading

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USA Food Assistance in Bolivia

Apart from being the implementer of the MIS Llamas project, our partner PCI also manages USDA’s food assistance programs in Bolivia. We visited their warehouse in Vinto today. We were surprised by the amount food that comes in the form … Continue reading

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There’s a Fridays in Oruro!

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Challapata: Quinoa Trading Hub of the Altiplano

We spent this afternoon in Challapata, about 120 km away from Oruro. Here is where all the trading happens; producers and intermediaries bring their produce from the quinoa fields as far as 400km away. Here is where the prices for … Continue reading

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Finding Financing Options for Organic Quinoa in the Altiplano

This morning, we met with Banco Union, the bank that manages the Bolivian Government’s Banco de Desarrollo Productivo (Productive Development Bank) Fund for the organic growth of Quinoa for Oruro and Potosi Departments. They give loans that range from $100 … Continue reading

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Pampa Aullagas

Today marked a new chapter in our research with our first official visit to the campo (the countryside). Andean Naturals/Jacha Inti’s agronomist, Yeris Peric was kind enough to take us along to visit one of the producer associations that they … Continue reading

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P is for… Potatoes

On our way to Pampa Aullagas today we stopped at a town called Huari. Apart from being famous for making the well-known Bolivian beer Huari, this town has some charm! We stopped by the market to get some coffee, tea, … Continue reading

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