The last llamero : development and livelihood changes in the high Andes
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Since the mid-2000s, the production of the pseudo-cereal quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) for export has increased due to growing demand in the United States and Europe. To meet demand, many of those living in the Bolivian high plateau or altiplano have transitioned from traditional livelihood strategies to commercial quinoa production oriented at the international export market. The following looks at how Bolivians living in the community of Pampa Aullagas have adapted to commercial production by looking at three vignettes of different actors living in the community. Looking at traditional agropastoralists, teachers, and modern producers, this thesis seeks to understand the nuances and complexities associated with integration into the global export market.