Why is Egypt’s government promoting quinoa cultivation? | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Having the potential to aid food security in the 21st century in the context of climate change, a national campaign to expand the cultivation of quinoa, a natural food resource of high nutritive value, has been launched by the Ministry of Agriculture. The quinoa seed is one of the alternatives that the Ministry of Agriculture has set to reduce dependence on other staples like wheat and rice where Egypt imports half of the wheat consumed annually. Moreover, quinoa is incredibly resilient and can grow in poor or salty soils, and it also has the ability to be grown well in very harsh circumstances, unlike most grains. Its first plot attempt in 2005 has good perspectives...