INGE SINDBJERG FOMSGAARD1, MARIA CRISTINA AÑON2, ANA PAULINA BARBA DE LA ROSA, 3, CARSTEN CHRISTOPHERSEN4, KAREL DUSEK5, JOHN DÉLANO-FRIER6, JAVIER ESPINOZA PÉREZ7, AJAX FONSECA7, DAGMAR JANOVSKÁ5, PER KUDSK1, RODRIGO S. LABOURIAU8, MARTHA LORENA LACAYO ROMERO9, NORA MARTÍNEZ2, KRISTINA MATUSOVÁ10, SOLVEJG K. MATHIASSEN1, ELKE JOHANA NOELLEMEYER11, HANS A. PEDERSEN4, HELENA STAVELIKOVA5, STINE KROGH STEFFENSEN4, ROSA M. DE TROIANI11, ANDREU TABERNER12
1Aarhus University, Dept. of Integrated Pest Management, Denmark
2Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo en Criotecnología de Alimentos, Argentina
3Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (IPICYT), Mexico
4University of Copenhagen, Denmark
5Crop Research Institute, Czech Republic
6Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del I.P.N., Mexico
7Asociación Chinantlán, construyendo hermandad, Nicaragua
8Aarhus University, Dept. of Genetics and Biotechnology, Denmark
9Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, Nicaragua
10AMR AMARANTH a.s., Czech Republic
11Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, Facultad de Agronomía, Argentina
12University of Lleida, Spain
The project AMARANTH:FUTURE-FOOD (www.amaranth-future-food.net) is a joint research project financed by the European Commission in the Specific International Cooperation Activities (INCO) of the 6th Framework Program. The project group consisted of 11 partners from Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Czech Republic, Spain and Denmark. Amaranth is a protein"=rich and gluten"=free pseudo"=cereal grain that was the basic food in South America and Mexico thousands of years ago. 60-70 Amaranthus species are known. The overall objective of the project was to provide the tools for an extensive and sustainable exploitation of amaranth. The project initiated on September 1st, 2006 and finalized on December 31st, 2009.
A number of scientific and popular papers with results from the project were published and more are on their way. A 75 pages Publishable Final Activity Report that summarises our results will be available in www.amarant-future-food.net in the near future. In this presentation selected results from our research into the industrial use of amaranth and the use of amaranth as food, feed and food additives will be presented together with our results from extensive cultivation trials on 18 different amaranth genotypes in five research sites with varying climate. Results from our studies on drought and insect resistance and weed compatibility of amaranth genotypes will also be presented and finally we will share our experience with the audience on our end"=user focus in two Nicaraguan women's agricultural cooperatives. The members of these cooperatives are all single mothers and manual laborers (22 women in the La Bolsa community and 20 in the La Tejana community). They implemented amaranth cultivation and developed amaranth food products adapted to traditional Nicaraguan taste.
Keywords: Amaranth, cooperatives, cultivation practice, end-users, food security, industrial use, women