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Women and girls in science making a difference

February 11, 2017 By Joel Ranck

Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. At the International Potato Center (CIP), we honor all our women scientists for their contribution to achievement of CIP’s vision of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor. In 2016 CIP had the honor of having two of its women scientists, Drs. Jan Low and Maria Andrade, recognized with the World Food Prize which they shared with two other scientists.

Pest Risk Atlas for Africa freely available online to help national programs supporting smallholder farmers combat the effects associated with climate change on pest management

February 6, 2017 By Joel Ranck

The International Potato Center (CIP) announces the launch of its free online mobile accessible Pest Risk Atlas for Africa that assesses potential pest risks under current and potential future climate conditions for a number of important pests that effect African agricultural and horticultural crops like potato, sweetpotato, vegetables, and maize.

CIP sweetpotato collection supports Cyclone-hit Fiji as part of Global Genebank Network

December 12, 2016 By Robert Kozak

Tropical cyclone Winston ripped through the south Pacific in February this year, leaving a wide trail of destruction. The genebank at the Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees, or CePaCT in Fiji, run by Pacific Community’s (SPC) Land Resources Division, helps preserve diversity in such staple crops as sweetpotato, taro, yam, and banana. The cyclone however meant they weren’t in any position to quickly multiply up their sweetpotato stocks. The head of CIP’s genebank, Dr. David Ellis, got in contact with Valerie Saena Tuia, Coordinator of the Genetic Resources facility (CePaCT) at SPC, in Fiji. Would they need some help with getting hard-hit farmers back on their feet?

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