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Traditional Foods Festival a Showcase of Agro-Biodiversity
May/June 2009

Preserving traditional foods passed down from generation to generation

The first Traditional Foods & Seeds Festival organized by NCI and local partners was held outside the city of Catacocha in southern Ecuador with the aim of providing a forum for farmers, housewives, and associations to exchange seeds and recipes and to promote the rich diversity of wholesome ingredients grown in the region. In a world where monocultures are becoming ever more omnipresent, the promotion of agro-biodiversity through events such as these is a crucial step in the preservation of traditional food varieties that have been passed down from generation to generation. Besides exchanging seeds and recipes, participants served up a wide array of local dishes ranging from roasted guinea pig, to plantain and peanut soup, to chocolate peanut candy. Prizes were awarded to the participants that served the best soup, main dish, dessert, and drink, in addition to the participants with the best tasting varieties of corn and peanuts.


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