WHAT IS CABOLQUI
CABOLQUI is a non-profit organization that aims for the development of all the active participants in the quinoa production chain as well as other organic products by promoting the development of organic production, social and environmental responsibility and specially the development of small farmers.
CABOLQUI, was created in 2005 by groip of manufacturing and exporting companies highly committed to the country´s development and particular to organic production and quinoa. Their objective is to come ip with concrete solutions to solve the challenges faced by the quinoa production complex.
To make this project viable, the companies have taken on an additional comittment with CABOLQUI by making contributions based on a percentage of their exports.
Thus consolidating the sustainable operation of the chamber, and also providing funds to generate new projects.
CABOLQUI has developed a proposal based on the following guidelines:
- To help and promote the organic quinoa production in an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable manner, guarantying a dignified life for Altiplano farmers in accordance with their traditional values for respect for nature.
- To promote the development of finished organic products that enhance the value of national raw material, reinforce the development of technologies, generate employment and promote value added exports.
- To open markets, especially through the positioning of Quinoa and the development of domestic markets.
WHO ARE MEMBERS OF CABOLQUI
CABOLQUI is a group of leading quinoa companies and manufacturing quinoa products for the domestic and international international markets. At present, the represent 70% of Bolivia´s quinoa grain export.
Each of these companies stands out for their high quality standards, professionalism and the importance they place on their eco-social philosophy. From the get-go, CABOLQUI companies have worked alongside their associated suppliers, offering differentiated pricing and building strong relationships of trust and long-term strategic alliances.
It is thanks to this work-focus and supplier programs that many of our affiliates have developed and achieved impact on three levels:
- Economic: by enhancing production, generating employment and local development in rural and urban areas.
- Social: by improving the quality of life of the suppliers and the companies’ employees.
- Environmental: by promoting the values of respect towards the environment beyond the requirements of organic agriculture.
2) SUPPORT AND SERVICES OFFERED TO AFFILIATES
- Food safety programs, by promoting the implementation of food safety certification, and quality systems such as HACCP, ISO 9001 – 22000 and 14000 an certification.
- Corporate social responsibility programs
- Promoting the Designation of Origen of Royal Quinoa.
- Strategies for promoting the domestic quinoa market.
- To participate in local and international fairs.
- To consolidate a technical agricultural department that promotes and strengthens the suppliers programs of each affiliated.
- To simulate the organic certification of new communities through our affiliate’s supplier programs.
- To simulate practices of organic production (soil management, use of natural fertilizer, use of biological controls, georeferencing) ad raise awareness of organic regulations.
- To encourage technological development for organic farmers.
- To simulation donation and credit sources to productive investors.
Services for affiliates:
- To attract private and international funding in favor of the affiliates of the chamber and strategic beneficiaries of the quinoa production chain.
- To obtain resources in order to provide technical assistance and technologies to its members.
- To generate local an international network in order to export affiliate’s products.
- To obtain resources for the affiliates so they can participate in fairs and promote their products on a national and an international level.
- To give technical, commercial and corporative training to all affiliates.
3) Promoting the organic sustainable farming of Royal Quinoa and other quinoa varieties.
- Through ecologic soil and eco systems management.
- By encouraging the balance with camelid farming industry in order to generate natural fertilizers.
- By helping farmers obtain credit through technical assistance and training.
- By promoting good farming practices among farmers and farming communities.
Technological at development:
- To optimize the transformation of the grain.
- To have more diversification in the development of quinoa products for the different varieties.
- Post-harvest technological improvement.
- Support for research development in agriculture.
- Specialized quinoa variety farming according to its manufacturing potential.
- Creation of large scale production units with intensive use of technology and technical support for human resources, machinery and organic supplies.
Quinoa is a pseudo-cereal grain, which belongs to the Chenopodium family. It is also known as the “Golden grain of the Andes”, as it was used in the daily diet of Tiahuanacu and Inca civilisations more than 5000 years ago.
There are more than 17 varieties of quinoa. They grow from Northern Ecuador to southern Bolivia. The most demanded quinoa in the world is the Royal variety. Royal QUINOA only grows in the Southern Altiplano of Bolivia, as it is adapted to extremely cold and dry weather (200 to 400 mm of annual rain), salty soils and high altitudes (from 3700 to 4200 m. above sea level). These extreme conditions produce a bigger grain with increased nutritional values.
Quinoa is today the only grain known to provide, on its own, all the essential amino acids needed by the human body. It also contains significant amounts of various minerals, specially calcium, phosphorus, lithium and iron, making it highly nutritious.