Day 41 – Circles in the tropics

Day 41 – Circles in the tropics

Quinoa psisaga tropical style - with fresh fava, onion greens and hard grated cheese.

Quinoa psisaga tropical style – with fresh fava, onion greens and hard grated cheese.

Taking a few days to warm up, re-hydrate and re-oxygenate in the Chapare region of the Bolivian tropics.  No longer at the high southern altiplano with 40% less oxygen, here at 3,500 feet above sea level are monkeys, starfruit, fresh cacao beans and quinoa!  Brought in from Cochabamba and selling for 20Bs a pound, it is prepared as psiga and topped off with fresh fava beans, green onion tops and grated hard cheese.  A portion of this sells for $1 in the marketplace.  There is also puffed quinoa on pre-fabricated ice cream cones and pito, a toasted ground quinoa flour that is sprinkled with sugar and eaten dry.  The kids love it!

Icecream with quinoa puffs.

Icecream with quinoa puffs.

Quinoa pito - toasted and ground.  Yum!

Quinoa pito – toasted and ground. Yum!

Roadside quinoa sales in Chapare.  $1.42 a pound.

Roadside quinoa sales in Chapare. $1.42 a pound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students of Anzaldos pulled through with over 100 completed surveys which I am now hand coding into the computer (due to be completed this morning!).   Quillacas ended up with 50 surveys and Salinas with 70, though each town has another 20 surveys that are in transit to me somehow.  I doubt there will be time to get the data before the Aug. 19th presentation though I’ll need to collect them before returning to the US.  I am now a Global Associate of the United Nation’s Circles Project and am working with co-associate Liam McGee in Australia to create a deeper analysis of this – looking at the edges to see the minimum and maximum reporting and capture the variances of peoples’ experiences.  Meanwhile, preliminary analysis is showing that folks in Salinas are overall pretty satisfied and living relatively sustainably.

Look for new postings coming up soon on the differences between Fair TradeUSA and the European/Canadian FLO in Bolivian export Fair Trade models and practices…

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