Saturday, October 6, 2012
Linking Chilli Diversity to Markets in Peru
Peru and Bolivia are home to the largest and most diverse concentrations of Capsicum in the world, yet much of this diversity remains neglected and undervalued. In recent years however, increases in market demand for new and unique chilli flavors, have provided an opportunity for smallholder farmers to use chilli diversity to generate higher incomes and enhance local agricultural biodiversity. To assist this development, Bioversity International is coordinating a three-year project to link Capsicum small-scale producers with production, processing and marketing companies that supply local and international markets.