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SUPERFOOD AS A WEAPON AGAINST MALNUTRITION

The farmers in the Andes are combating the malnutrition of their children. In Chimborazo - the poorest province in Ecuador - they have taken full control of the quinoa production chain: from growing the crop at an altitude of 3,000 metres to the export to Europe.

Step 1: We join the forces of the quinoa growers

Trias strengthens Coprobich, a co-operative of 600 farmer families. In addition to the classic crops for own consumption, they also grow quinoa for processing and export. The co-operative pays the members 70 dollars for a 45 kilogram bag, which is twice as much as the market price.

Step 2: The farmers process and export the quinoa

Coprobich invested in a washing and drying installation, allowing the farmers to process their own harvest. Together with them we perfect the processing techniques because they are very important for the quality of the quinoa. We also help Coprobich to find markets, including Europe.

Step 3: We develop alternative sources of income

The farmers of Coprobich can only harvest quinoa once a year. Specifically for women and youngsters we look for economic activities that will guarantee them an income during the rest of the year. This includes guinea pigs or the sale of organic fertilisers.

Thank you for giving the export of our quinoa opportunities!

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By making a one-off donation you support the self-development of farmers in Ecuador

Support us, as an organisation

We would be delighted to develop a customised support package for businesses or other organisations that would like to help farmers in Ecuador move forward. Give Koen Brebels a call on +32 (0)2 548 01 26.

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