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 quinoa are set. Every weekend people come here to trade and exchange their produce to send to the market.
In Challapata, we met with a representative of ANAPQUI – the largest co-op association of organic quinoa producers in Bolivia- they have about 2,000 producers as part of their organization. Their main purpose is to sell and export quinoa as well as provide their members with support (i.e. fertilizers, inputs, technical assistance, access to markets). They sell their produce to Andean Naturals as well as directly export to distributors in the United States. They have tested 6 different types of approved organic soil inputs, and they shared the results with us. This is great information that will help us have a better understanding of the other players in our field.
Enjoy some pictures from our day!