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Scientia Agropecuaria

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GAMBOA, Cindybell; SCHUSTER, Monica; SCHREVENS, Eddie  and  MAERTENS, Miet. Price volatility and quinoa consumption among smallholder producers in the Andes. Scientia Agropecuaria [online]. 2020, vol.11, n.1, pp.113-125. ISSN 2077-9917.

The recent attention to quinoa as nutritious food is changing the way the crop is produced and consumed by smallholders in the Andes. Price spikes and increased volatility in international quinoa prices have created a concern about quinoa consumption among Andean farm-households. The farm-household theory was used to investigate how food price changes affect household consumption and production decisions. Theoretical predictions were applied to original survey data from a quinoa-producing region of Peru. Findings suggest that the global quinoa hype and consequent price spikes did not adversely affect the consumption of this nutritious food among quinoa producers.

Keywords : Farm-household model; food consumption; Peru; price elasticity; quinoa.

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