Peru is the largest global producer of quinoa. The growing industry consists mostly of smallholder farmers, who pool their grain in farmer associations or cooperatives.
Olam acquired established quinoa and chia sourcing company Andinas Crops in 2018. Located in Lima, Peru, it has certified over 1,500 Organic growers and supports the formation of growers cooperatives.
Today we have field officers sourcing Organic quinoa in La libertad, Ayacucho and Cusco. We provide technical assistance to farmers, training in Organic standards and attend cooperative meetings. In Puno and Ayacucho working with local municipalities, we provide warehousing in growing areas. At harvest, farmers deliver their product to our warehouses for analysis and classification. We test product in regular increments for residues and provide traceability from farmgate.