Feasibility of establishing an international center for quinua and andean crops
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The document explains that of the estimated 20 000 edible plant species, fewer than 150 have been 'domesticated' and widely cultivated. Of these, only 22 provide the bulk of the nutrition of much of the world's population. Most of the 'mayor' species have benefitted from substantial investment in research and develoment, while most of the 'minor' species have, until recently, received only casual scientific and commercial attention. Research on the Andean crops is not included in the programs of the International Agricultural Research Institutes (IARIs) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), nor in the research institutions of most of the industrialized and developing countries. It is well recognized, however, that some of the Andean plant species are very important in Andean cultures. Yet few mechanisms are in place to bring to bear on those species the scientific and commercial efforts needed for their development. Nevertheless, there is a substantial literature available related to these species, on which a soundly based research and development program can be organized. This document examines the rational and justification for organizing a more comprehensive, coordinated research and development effort to realize the agricultural and economic potential of some of the most important species found in Andean subsistence farming and which may benefit other regions of the world as well. It will examine a research strategy and institutional framework in which a coherent cooperative multinational research effort can be organized and supported.
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