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Quinoa and llamas: Food Sovereignty Tours heads to Bolivia

January 23, 2013|By Caitlin Keller
  • Visit quinoa farms in Bolivia with Food Sovereignty Tours.
Visit quinoa farms in Bolivia with Food Sovereignty Tours. (Shannon DeCelle Photography )

Food Sovereignty Tours, a project of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (or Food First) in Oakland, will be traveling to Bolivia on March 9 to 18 to explore Andean food and farming systems.

The tour will highlight quinoa grown in the Altiplano region and llamas, a source of meat, wool and transport, as both play a critical role in Andean food security. Participants will visit indigenous food markets, meet quinoa producers to learn about the grain-like crop and how global demand and increasing quinoa production is affecting surrounding soils and wetlands, and become familiar with organizations working with social movements that promote and strengthen food sovereignty.

Tour participants will also learn how to prepare traditional meals with local foods grown in the community and foods acquired from other eco-regions through the Andean tradition of inter-ecological exchange.

The tour costs $1,690 per person and includes accommodations, meals, program activities and ground transportation. Sign up online.

www.foodsovereigntytours.org; www.foodfirst.org.

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