In January, I spent an afternoon with these ladies who make a life out of the unforgiving climate and mean soils of the altiplano in Peru – ITC is working with Marc F. Bellemare and his team to measure the impact of food price changes on their lives. Some food commentators (of the “localist” ilk) think increasing demand for quinoa is a bad thing. These ladies in Puno seemed to like the idea of their crops commanding higher prices. But the survey data at the end of the year will tell us in a scientific way what is happening.
Pic: Renato Canepa