The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2013 the "International Year of Quinoa". See why this crop gets such attention?
Quinoa is a close relative to spinach which has been cultivated in the High Andes for 6000 years. It grows in Peru and Bolivia at 4000 masl and most of its genetic diversity rests in these countries, around Lake Titicaca. The crop is importatn for this region and it is also gaining interest in other parts of the world. People in Africa, Asia and the Arabian Peninsula are looking at Quinoa's considerable potential in the fight against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.