Prospects for quinoa adaptation and utilization in Eastern and Southern Africa: Technological, institutional and policy considerations

Maliro Moses F.A., Abang Mathew, Mukankusi Clare, Lung'aho Mercy, Fenta Berhanu, Wanderi Susan, Kapa Regina, Okiro Otim Alfred, Kooma Eric, Mwaba Christopher, Isse Mohamud Mohamed, Bazile Didier. 2021. Prospects for quinoa adaptation and utilization in Eastern and Southern Africa: Technological, institutional and policy considerations. Addis Ababa : FAO, 72 p. ISBN 978-92-5-133687-8

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Abstract : Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.), is an emerging crop in the world with great potential to contribute to Africa's food and nutritional security. The increased popularity of quinoa in the last few years is attributed to the impact of activities carried out within the framework of the International Year of Quinoa (IYQ2013) which helped greatly to raise awareness on the crop's multiple nutritional benefits and its expanding cultivation globally. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which championed the IYQ2013 has worked with developing countries in Africa, which are grappling with food and nutrition insecurity, to introduce and promote cultivation of quinoa. Production and utilization of quinoa is expected to significantly reduce food and nutrition insecurity and help farming communities adapt to climate change. FAO implemented a Technical Cooperation on quinoa titled “Technical Assistance for the Strengthening of the Food System of Quinoa” (TCP/SFE/3406) implemented in 2014 to 2015. This project was designed to support the institutional capacities of seven countries including Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia, in the production, evaluation, management, utilization, and marketing of Quinoa under diverse farming systems and agro-ecological zones. The project was implemented and led by the FAO Subregional office for Eastern Africa (SFE). Quinoa evaluation trials that were conducted across multiple sites in the participating countries served as pilot adaptability studies for the crop. This technical paper presents key technological, institutional and policy consideration for the successful introduction, adaptation and utilization of quinoa in Africa.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Chenopodium quinoa, Quinoa, Production végétale, sécurité alimentaire, Adaptation, Valeur nutritive, adaptation aux changements climatiques, Système d'exploitation agricole, Facteur de production

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique orientale, Afrique australe, Djibouti, Éthiopie, Kenya, Somalie, Soudan du Sud, Ouganda, Zambie

Mots-clés libres : Chenopodium quinoa Willd., Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, Adaptation, Utilization

Classification Agris : F01 - Crops
E10 - Agricultural economics and policies
F08 - Cropping patterns and systems
P40 - Meteorology and climatology

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 2 (2019-) - Transitions agroécologiques

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Maliro Moses F.A., Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MWI)
  • Abang Mathew, FAO (ETH)
  • Mukankusi Clare, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (UGA)
  • Lung'aho Mercy, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (KEN)
  • Fenta Berhanu, EIAR (ETH)
  • Wanderi Susan, KALRO (KEN)
  • Kapa Regina, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Tourism, Animal Resources, Fisheries, Cooperatives and Rural Development (SSD)
  • Okiro Otim Alfred, NaCRRI (UGA)
  • Kooma Eric, Mount Makuru Research Station (ZMB)
  • Mwaba Christopher, Mount Makuru Research Station (ZMB)
  • Isse Mohamud Mohamed, Ministry of Agriculture (SOM)
  • Bazile Didier, CIRAD-ES-UMR SENS (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0001-5617-9319

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