2014 Annual Report
Cross-Cutting Efforts Optimize Food-Security, Nutrition and Livelihood
International Potato center
A Member of the CGIAR Consortium

Letter from Statement by the Board Chair

The International Potato Center (CIP) has seen steady programmatic and financial growth over the last couple of years and 2014 continued this trend. The highlight of the year was continuing the lead in implementing the CGIAR Research Program on Roots…

Letter from Director General’s Foreword

As the director general of a CGIAR Center, I am privileged to work with colleagues who are leading experts in their fields. We need to use the best science and leadership to reach our

2014 Annual Report
Cross-Cutting Efforts Optimize Food-Security, Nutrition and Livelihood
International Potato center
A Member of the CGIAR Consortium

Our Crops

  • When boiled, a single medium-sized potato contains about half the daily adult requirement of vitamin C and significant amounts of vitamin B, iron, potassium, and zinc.
  • Potato produces more food per unit of water than any other major crop.
  • Potato can grow in almost any climate, from sea level to 4,700 meters above sea level.
  • There are about 5,000 different varieties of potato, most of which are found only in the Andes.
  • More than a billion people worldwide eat potato.
  • China is the world’s largest producer, harvesting more than 73 million tons of potato a year.
  • Grown in about 130 countries, potato is the third most important food crop after rice and wheat (1 ha of potato can yield two to four times the food value of grain crops).
  • Just 125 g of fresh orange-fleshed sweetpotato root contains enough beta carotene to provide the daily vitamin A needs of a preschool-aged child. The crop is also a valuable source of vitamins B, C, and E.
  • Sweetpotato is also a healthy, cheap animal feed. Studies suggest that livestock fed on sweetpotato vines produce less methane, meaning its use could potentially mitigate global warming.
  • More than 105 million tons are produced globally each year, with 95% in developing countries.
  • Worldwide, sweetpotato is the sixth most important food crop after rice, wheat, potatoes, maize, and cassava, but it ranks fifth in developing countries.
  • Sweetpotato can grow at altitudes from sea level to 2,500 meters above sea level, and comes in varieties ranging in color from white to yellow to orange to purple.
  • Sweetpotato is a storage root, not a tuber like the potato.
2014 Annual Report
Cross-Cutting Efforts Optimize Food-Security, Nutrition and Livelihood
International Potato center
A Member of the CGIAR Consortium
Gender

Collaborating to Improve Nutrition and Incomes in Bangladesh

Tens of thousands of smallholders in villages in southern Bangladesh have improved their farming methods, their families’ diets and their incomes, thanks to a horticulture project led by CIP and the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC).

 

Shawkat Begum, a Bangladeshi anthropologist who serves as the project’s Chief of Party, explains that it has provided training in sustainable agricultural techniques such as integrated pest management and grafting to rural men and women in four districts of Bangladesh. Those farmers are now producing improved orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) varieties and nutrient-rich vegetables. At the same time, CIP has helped Bangladeshi potato farmers boost their production and incomes through the improvements in potato seed storage.

 

2014 Annual Report
Cross-Cutting Efforts Optimize Food-Security, Nutrition and Livelihood
International Potato center
A Member of the CGIAR Consortium

Partnerships

Enhancing Sweetpotato Production for Better Income and Nutrition in Odisha, India

After a pilot orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) project quickly showed great promise in 2013, the Government of Odisha, India decided to strengthen its partnership with CIP for four more years by way of a “mega-project” called GAINS (Generating Advances in Incomes and Nutrition through Sweetpotato). 

Capacity Building

Strengthening Local Capacity to Breed a Better Sweetpotato

Maria Andrade, a CIP sweetpotato breeder based in Maputo, Mozambique, can hardly believe the progress that has been made on improving that important crop for African farmers in recent years.

2014 Annual Report
Cross-Cutting Efforts Optimize Food-Security, Nutrition and Livelihood
International Potato center
A Member of the CGIAR Consortium

2014 Research Milestones

723
Employees
23
Active Project Countries
84
Publications
43
Years of success
1
CIP Team
2014 Annual Report
Cross-Cutting Efforts Optimize Food-Security, Nutrition and Livelihood
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RTB Epilogue

The minor root and tuber crops are a rich but neglected resource for food, nutrition, and income. The Andean root and tuber crops (ARTC) (achira, ahipa, arracacha, maca, mashua, mauka, oca, ulluco, yacón), play a major role in Andean potato-based farming systems, where  they are of great economic and nutritional importance to subsistence farmers.

2014 Annual Report
Cross-Cutting Efforts Optimize Food-Security, Nutrition and Livelihood
International Potato center
A Member of the CGIAR Consortium

Financials

Financials

Financial Performance for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014 was very strong. The International Potato Center was successful in achieving an operating surplus of US$1.8M in 2014 and was successful in achieving revenue of US$72.4M during 2014 a year over year increase of US$4.3M or an increase of 6%. This increase in revenue for 2014 was mainly due to the increase in donors contributions to Window 3 (contributions allocated by Fund donors to specific CGIAR Centers). The financial results depicted here are derived from CIP’s audited December 31, 2014, consolidated financial statements, which contain an unqualified audit opinion. CIP’s complete, audited financial statements can be obtained online at www.cipotato.org

Overhead Rate

Direct research expenses (or implementation) increased by 9%, while indirect expenses were 10% lower. With this result, CIP’s overhead rate is 13% lower than in 2013, demonstrating CIPs efforts to optimize its operations and increase investments in direct research.

Liquidity and Financial Stability

Liquidity (days of expenses covered by current assets + long term investments) and Financial Stability Indicators (net assets minus net fixed assets) have been increasing year over year, demonstrating CIP’s increasing financial stability and capacity to quickly address unexpected funding shortfalls.

2014 Annual Report
Cross-Cutting Efforts Optimize Food-Security, Nutrition and Livelihood
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A Member of the CGIAR Consortium

Publications

Journal Articles
Books
Book Chapters
Manuals
Brochures
Conference Papers
Conference Posters
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Leadership

Executive Committee

Michael Gerba
Barbara Wells
Lu Xiaoping
Amalia Perochena
Oscar Ortiz
Adiel Mbabu
Carla Lazarte

Science Leadership Team

Oscar Ortiz
Philippe Monneveux
Jan Low
Simon Heck
Greg Forbes
Elmar Schulte-Geldermann
Marc Ghislain
Andre Devaux
David Ellis
Merideth Bonierbale
Roberto Quiroz
Gordon Prain

Regional Team

Michael Gerba
Barbara Wells
Oscar Ortiz
Luis Mendes
Julian Parr
Andre Devaux
Adiel Mbabu
James Gradoville
Lu Xiaoping

Operations Team

Michael Gerba
Guillermo Quintana
Oscar Ortiz
Amalia Perochena
Luis Mendes
Eduardo Ferreyra
Joel Ranck
Michelle Rodrigo
Carlos Varela
Carla Lazarte
2014 Annual Report
Cross-Cutting Efforts Optimize Food-Security, Nutrition and Livelihood
International Potato center
A Member of the CGIAR Consortium

Donors

For the Year Ending December 31, 2014

  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Bioforsk - Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
  • CGIAR Centers
  • CGIAR Research Programs
  • European Union
  • Federal Republic of Germany - Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
  • Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Global Crop Diversity Trust
  • Government of Austria
  • Government of Belgium
  • Government of China
  • Government of Finland
  • Government of India
  • Government of Odisha - Directorate of Horticulture
  • Government of Peru
  • Government of Spain - Agricultural Research Institute (INIA), Spain
  • Government of The Republic of Korea
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Konya Seker Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.
  • Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation of the Netherlands (IFDC )
  • Republic of Turkey
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • Syngenta Crop Protection AG
  • Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland, and, Ireland’s Bilateral Aid Programme (Irish Aid)
  • The Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor
  • The Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • The International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • The McKnight Foundation
  • The OPEC Fund for International Development
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • United States National Science Foundation (NSF)
2014 Annual Report
Cross-Cutting Efforts Optimize Food-Security, Nutrition and Livelihood
International Potato center
A Member of the CGIAR Consortium

CIP GLOBAL PRESENCE

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Quito (Ecuador)

Lima (Perú)

Kumasi (Ghana)

Abuja (Nigeria)

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Nairobi (Kenya)

Kampala (Uganda)

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Kigali (Rwanda)

Lilongwe (Malawi)

Maputo (Mozambique)

Chipata (Zambia)

Mbeya (Tanzania)

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New Delhi (India)

Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Dhaka (Bangladesh)

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Beijing (China)

Lembang (Indonesia)

Los Baños (Philippines)