Evo Morales to Travel to UN to Launch Year of Quinoa

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La Paz, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President, Evo Morales, will travel to New York in February for the launch of the International Year of Quinoa in United Nations, said today the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nemesia Achacollo.

Achacollo told reporters that during the ceremony on February 20, the president will be accompanied by the First Lady of Peru, Nadine Heredia de Humala, since her country is one of the defenders of that crop in South America.

The grain of Andean origin is considered a natural resource of highly nutritious food.

In Bolivia is grown on an area of over 95,000 hectares, with over 48,000 tons per year.

After Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, the UN suspended the launch of the International Year of Quinoa.

According to the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture, the celebration is a recognition of the Andean peoples, who have maintained, controlled, protected and preserved quinoa as food through generations.