100 tonnes of Peruvian quinoa a year for Boni Bio
Three years after the first Boni Bio quinoa from Peru found its way to our store shelves, we have multiplied our purchase volume by five to over 100 tonnes a year. This means more income for about 300 small-scale farmers and improved support of several social projects. You also contribute to this result every time you buy a pack of Boni Bio quinoa at Colruyt, OKay, Spar, Bio-Planet or Collect&Go.
Economic, ecological and social added value
Our Boni Bio quinoa comes from Ayacucho, a region in the Peruvian Andes, the cradle of quinoa cultivation. The plant is grown by a cooperative society of some 300 farmers, supported by our partner Solid Food Perú. The farmers can count on correct prices, support during cultivation and investments in the purchase of machines. "Our intensive coaching of farmers and help in the fields is unique. Nobody else does it," says Efrain Avendaño Torres of Solid Food Perú. Moreover, the organisation reinvests the profit made by selling to Colruyt Group in social projects for the local community.
Strong and nourishing
The quinoa on our shelves is the result of a unique chain, started with our partner Solid three years ago. In 2018, we bought 20 tonnes of tricolour quinoa, a mix of white, red and black seeds. Meanwhile we have expanded the project and also buy white quinoa, in all a volume of more than 100 tonnes a year.
Quinoa scores high on sustainability, in the field and on the plate. Indeed, it is a very strong plant requiring little water. And it results in a very nourishing end product, crammed with fibre, protein, minerals and vitamins. Moreover, our project creates social added value for farmer families and their community.
Food for the future
Our quinoa chain project is one the most tangible results of another ambitious project: 'Wanted: Food for the Future'. In 2016, we started looking for sustainable ways to feed world population taking into account climate change together with the province of Flemish Brabant, Rikolto, KULouvain and UCLL. Because of its small footprint and high nutritional value, it didn't take us long to decide to set to work with quinoa, the 'mother of all cereals'.
With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.