ANAPQUI - Asociación Nacional de Productores de Quinua
Through Fair Trade, ANAPQUI has experienced considerable growth in exports. As a result, farmers are seeing larger incomes and are beginning to make changes in their living conditions. Cooperative members have cited better housing, clothing, more education for their children, greater access to health services, the ability to reinvest additional income into their farms and acquiring transportation vehicles as some of the benefits Fair Trade premiums have helped them realize.
The cooperative is made up of nine regional associations with over 1,100 members from primarily two indigenous ethnicities – Aymara and Quechua –and indirectly employs thousands more in the community. They produce three main varieties of quinoa –Blanca Real, Rosada and Pisankalla. Together, farmers produce over 3,640 metric tons of quinoa annually. The cooperative became organic certified in 1998 and Fair Trade Certified™ in 2005.
ANAPQUI members believe in the value of traditional agricultural practices to produce high quality quinoa. For this reason, they promote organic certification and maintain one technical expert in each of the nine regional associations.