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Principal Investigator (Affiliation) japan Dr.
FUJITA Yasunari
(Senior Researcher, Biological Resources and Post-harvest Division, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS)) researchmap
Plurinational State of Bolivia Prof.
Giovanna Rocío Almanza Vega
(Chemical Research Institute, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés)
Research Institutions in Japan Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) / Kyoto University / Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology / Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
Research Institutions in Bolivia Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA) / Fundación PROINPA
Adoption fiscal year FY 2019
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Plurinational State of Bolivia
General Description of the Research Project

Developing and disseminating sustainable quinoa production technology to cope with climate change
Quinoa is highly nutritious, and it is the only crop that can be cultivated in the highlands of Bolivia that lie at an elevation of approximately 4,000 meters, an extremely unfavorable environment with saline soil, droughts, and frost. However, quinoa production is currently at risk due to issues such as soil erosion caused by frequent extreme weather and the expansion of farmlands. This project develops and introduces sustainable quinoa production technology through the establishment of genetic resources for quinoa, development of new breeding lines with enhanced resilience, management of fallow land, and coordinated crop-livestock production.

Contributing to global food security with a superfood native to the Andes
This project will contribute to stable food production and improved national income in Bolivia through the development and spread of sustainable quinoa production technology. Global food security is expected to be enhanced through the application of technology developed in this extremely adverse environment to other arid regions throughout the world at risk of desertification, as well as to a wide variety of farming environments.

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Surveying quinoa field lying fallow that is at risk of soil erosion

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Quinoa being cultivated in the harsh environment facing the Uyuni Salt Flat

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Interviewing quinoa farmers

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Llamas eating quinoa crop residues in the field near the edge of the Uyuni Salt Flat

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Survey in the quinoa field on the shores of Uyuni Salt Flat

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