Price volatility and quinoa consumption among smallholder producers in the Andes


  • Cindybell Gamboa Universidad Nacional de Trujillo
  • Monica Schuster Institute of Development Policy (IOB), University of Antwerp, Antwerpen.
  • Eddie Schrevens Division of Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors, Department of Biosystems, Leuven.
  • Miet Maertens Division of Bioeconomics, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven, Leuven.


Palabras clave:

Farm-household model, food consumption, Peru, price elasticity, quinoa.


The recent attention to quinoa as a 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.


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Gamboa, C., Schuster, M., Schrevens, E., & Maertens, M. (2020). Price volatility and quinoa consumption among smallholder producers in the Andes. Scientia Agropecuaria, 11(1), 113-125.



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