Topara Organic Flours, Grains, Fruits and ajíes

Producer: AgroExport Topara SACtopara
Region: Topara Valley, Chincha, Perú
Employees: approx. 70

At the time of the Spanish conquest, the Incas cultivated almost as many species of plants as the farmers of all Asia or Europe. With the arrival of the conquerors, the Indians, their traditions and intricate agricultural system were suppressed, and the crops that had held honored positions in Indian society for thousands of years were deliberately replaced by European species (notably wheat, barley, carrots, and broad beans).

Topara Organica (AgroExport Topara SAC), owned by the Bederski family, has made it their mission to cultivate and produce products that represent the rich culinary traditions of Peru while restoring their land and strengthening their local community. The company organically cultivates and processed many indigenous crops, such as maiz morado, lucuma, ajis (chile peppers), huacatay (black mint), yuca and sweet potato.

Topara is a leader in their community and throughout Peru in organic cultivation. To this day they have the only certified organic nursery in the country. They work closely with neighboring farms to train them in organic agriculture. When the company purchases products from neighboring farmers, they oversee all aspects of the cultivation from seedling to harvest. When they purchase from farmers or farmer associations in other regions (such as the highland grains and roots), Topara ensures that all organic certifications are in order and often send workers for cultural and work exchanges.

The Bederski family has made a huge positive impact on there local community, both on a personal level and through their farm. When a devastating earthquake leveled the town of Chincha, the family donated money and supplies, and raised more money internationally, to help rebuild the homes of their workers. They have acted on the community’s behalf over the years in negotiations with the local mine to reduce environmental impact and to improve roads and infrastructure. The company adds a strong voice to local efforts for community development.

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