Adaptability makes Quinoa a highly efficient seed
Quinoa’s adaptability to climate variability and its efficient use of water make it an excellent alternative crop in the face of climate change. It has been ranked as one of the twenty-one seeds most resistant to climate change along with beans, corn, amaranth, onions and others.
In declaring 2013 as the “International Year of Quinoa”, the UN General Assembly highlighted quinoa’s nutritional qualities and its adaptability to different agro-ecological conditions.
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva explained quinoa as an ¨ally in the fight against hunger and food insecurity¨ at the official launch of the International Year of Quinoa at UN Headquarters (New York, 20 February 2013). The aim was to focus world attention on the role of quinoa biodiversity and nutritional value for food security and the eradication of poverty.