Correo Uruguayo issued a stamp celebrating the declaration of the year 2013 as \”International Year of Quinoa\” (IYQ) in recognition of the Andean people who have maintained, controlled, protected and preserved quinoa as food for present and future generations thanks to their traditional knowledge and practices of living in harmony with Mother Earth and nature.
Quinoa, a species of goosefoot, is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds.
The International Year of Quinoa (IYQ) was proposed by the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia and supported by Argentina, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Georgia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, as well as being approved by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011. During the Conference specialists noted the exceptional nutritional qualities of quinoa, its adaptability to different agro-ecological conditions and its potential contribution in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
Quinoa is recognized and accepted in the world as a natural food of high nutritional value of Andean origin, constituting quality food for health and food security of present and future generations.
The aim of the IYQ is to focus world attention on the importance of quinoa in biodiversity, on its nutritional value and security, and its exceptional role in malnutrition and poverty eradication.