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The International exhibition of Andean Quinoa: 20-22 March

The International exhibition of Andean Quinoa: 20-22 March

From next Thursday 20th March to Saturday 22nd March, the Embassy of Bolivia will present “The International Exhibition of Andean Quinoa” at Bolivar Hall, from 10.00am to 6.00pm.
Quinoa, a staple of the Andes, is recognised across the world for its high nutritional value and health benefits. Quinoa contains more protein and less fat that wheat, rice or corn.
According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Bolivia produces 46% of the world’s quinoa supply. 2013 was declared “International Year of Quinoa” by the FAO as a means of recognising the Andean people who have cultivated this foodstuff for generations using sustainable agricultural methods which ensure the supply of quinoa for the future.
The recognition followed a proposal from the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia and was supported by Argentina, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Georgia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru ang Uruguay and approved by the General Assembly of the UN in 2011. President Evo Morales together with the First Lady of Peru, Nadine Heredia Humala, were named ‘Special Ambassadors to the FAO’ for quinoa at the inauguration of the International Year of Quinoa in February 2013 held at the UN.
Since then this International Exhibition of Andean Quinoa has travelled across those countries in which Bolivia has an Embassy and the UK will soon be able to enjoy it.
The exhibition is the work of Bolivian artist Gaston Ugalde, and features symbolic material using different Andean iconography and woven textiles, a large traditional boat made from the cattail reed and photos of the different types and colours of quinoa that exist, including Royal Bolivian Quinoa.

The aim of this exciting exhibition is to raise awareness about the benefits of quinoa and its contribution to food security whilst also promoting recognition of this important Latin American heritage.

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