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Modern Markets for Functional Foods: Fad or Path to Prosperity?

New theme of articles released in AAEAs publication Choices

Consumption of functional foods has grown worldwide, providing small-scale producers in Latin America with access to higher-value domestic and international markets. In a new theme of articles “Functional Foods: Fad or Path to Prosperity?” released in Choices Magazine, articles help to illustrate efforts to support producers by strengthening the value chains of functional foods to secure their sustainability once the boom ebbs.

Articles in this theme:

  • Can Niche Markets for Local Cacao Varieties Benefit Smallholders in Peru and Mexico?
    Trent Blare, Isabel Corrales, and Luca Zambrino
  • Native Potatoes: From Forgotten Crop to Culinary Boom and Market Innovation
    André Devaux, Guy Hareau, Miguel Ordinola, Jorge Andrade-Piedra, and Graham Thiele
  • Quinoa Production and Growth Potential in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru
    Graciela Andrango, Amy Johnson, and Marc F. Bellemare
  • Opportunities in Blue Maize Markets for Smallholder Farmers in Central Mexico
    Trent Blare, Mariana García-Medina, Damaris López, and Miriam Pérez
  • Latin American’s Superfood Economy: Producing and Marketing Acaí, Chia Seeds, and Maca Root
    Luis Peña-Lévano, Colton Adams, and Shaheer Burney

If you are interested in setting up an interview, please contact Allison Ware in the AAEA Business Office.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices and the online open access publication series Applied Economics Teaching Resources. To learn more, visit

Contact: Allison Ware
Senior Communications Manager
(414) 918-3190