Maca growers and MINCETUR improve maca management

By Hillary Ojeda The Guardian recently reported the serious consequences for Peru due to Chinese grown maca.     The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR), Prom-Peru, and growers agree to improve management of the growth and production of Peruvian maca root. With the signing of an institutional agreement, these three entities will be working [...]

By | 2018-06-25T16:40:49-05:00 February 13th, 2015|Destacados, n_ingles|0 Comments

Peru’s maca boom could fall flat if China starts growing its own

Chinese demand for the Andean crop is getting cash flowing to farmers, but suspicions of biopiracy are leading to calls to protect Peru’s natural resources. The high plain stretches as far as the eye can see and the glint of sun on water in the distance marks Lake Junin. This highland lagoon, which gives this [...]

By | 2018-06-25T16:40:49-05:00 February 9th, 2015|Destacados, n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

Maca patent requests emerging in Poland, China

By Hillary Ojeda Rising demands of maca abroad have brought issues of biopiracy with it. The Peruvian National Commission Against Biopiracy is reviewing a patent for maca, after an application emerged from Poland. The last few years have seen an astronomical increase in shipments of native Peruvian maca root abroad, and as well multiple cases [...]

By | 2018-06-25T16:40:49-05:00 January 15th, 2015|Destacados, n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

Peru’s maca farmers fear Chinese demand for ‘Andean Viagra’ will cause smuggling

By Dan Collyns (@CCTV_dancollyns) Sales of a Peruvian root called “maca” have boomed due to an unprecedented Chinese demand. The root is said to boost fertility, increase energy, and even have an aphrodisiac effect. Despite the growth in sales, some worry that demand is leading to smuggling. CCTV America’s Dan Collyns reported the story from Junin, Peru. [...]

By | 2018-06-25T16:40:49-05:00 January 9th, 2015|Destacados, n_ingles|0 Comments

Peru is a world leader in protecting genetic resources

By Rachel Chase Peru’s efforts to preserve valuable biodiversity have been so successful they’re now advising other countries on the issue. Andrés Valladolid of Peru’s National Biopiracy Commission, told press that “We have a law that establishes a regimen of protection for the collective knowledge held by indigenous peoples in relation to biological resources. This [...]

By | 2018-06-25T16:41:52-05:00 February 28th, 2014|n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

Anaesthetic gel could replace dentist’s needle

By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent Indigenous tribes uncovered the remarkable painkilling properties of the Acmella oleracea plant centuries if not millennia ago and it was used by Incas to treat toothache, ulcers, abscesses and to clean their teeth. Now a Cambridge University researcher says the remedy could transform practice in western dental surgeries after discovering [...]

By | 2018-06-25T16:42:25-05:00 March 15th, 2012|n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

New rice variety could ease Mozambique’s supplies

Most rice fields in Mozambique are rain-fed - 15/01/2011 [MAPUTO] Smallholders struggling to grow rice in Mozambique could benefit from a variety that boosts yields nearly six-fold and is less prone to disease.The new rice has an average yield of seven tonnes per hectare and is more resistant to diseases such as fungal blast and [...]

By | 2018-06-25T16:42:31-05:00 October 15th, 2011|n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

Biopiracy Leaves Native Groups Out in the Cold

HUMBERTO MÁRQUEZ / 09/02/2011 CARACAS, Feb 9, 2011 (IPS) - Millions of cancer patients around the world benefit from a medication called Paclitaxel (Taxol), which may begin to be produced from a new source: fungi found at the summit of Venezuela's flat-topped mountains. But the indigenous communities who have lived in that area since time [...]

By | 2018-06-25T16:42:37-05:00 February 9th, 2011|n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments