The construction of an alternative quinoa economy: balancing solidarity, household needs, and profit in San Agustín, Bolivia

  title={The construction of an alternative quinoa economy: balancing solidarity, household needs, and profit in San Agust{\'i}n, Bolivia},
  author={Andrew Ofstehage},
  journal={Agriculture and Human Values},
Quinoa farmers in San Agustín, Bolivia face the dilemma of producing for a growing international market while defending their community interests and resources, meeting their basic household needs, and making a profit. Farmers responded to a changing market in the 1970s by creating committees in defense of quinoa and farmer cooperatives to represent their interests and maximize economic returns. Today farmer cooperatives offer high, stable prices, politically represent farmers, and are major… 

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