Many people wonder why we want to crop quinoa in Croatia. It is not a native grain, it is not even known in the market. However, we believe that quinoa and other kind of grains and vegetables we chose to focus on have many nutritional benefits that can help improve the diet as well as diversify the agricultural production. In 2013, FAO declared quinoa as the food of the year in the fight against poverty and eradication of hunger and malnutrition.

“Faced with the challenge of increasing the production of quality food to feed the world's population in the context of climate change, quinoa offers an alternative for those countries suffering from food insecurity. The United Nations General Assembly has therefore declared 2013 as the "International Year of Quinoa", in recognition of ancestral practices of the Andean people, who have managed to preserve quinoa in its natural state as food for present and future generations, through ancestral practices of living in harmony with nature.” (FAO, 2103) http://www.fao.org/quinoa-2013/en/

We are not interested in producing quinoa on a big scale. It is an option to diversify the monocrop in our area as well as make quinoa accessible to local people who cannot afford the high costs of imported quinoa sold on the market presently.

As a Chilean, Su is interested on testing the Chilean variety of quinoa coming from the central and south Chilean provinces. This is mostly because there are some similarities in terms of climate conditions, and because she wants to promote the Chilean quinoa and support Chilean farmers in the process.