Sweetpotato Last News
A video on how World Food Prize winning scientists Jan Low, Maria Andrade and Robert Mwanga used orange-fleshed sweetpotato to fight vitamin A deficiency and blindness.
“Root and tuber crops (RTCs) [are] survival crops in times of food crises: during post-disaster periods (usually post-typhoon), lean months during monsoon season, and harvest failure caused by drought or pest infestation,” said Mavic Relayson, a CIP Philippines spokesperson. “Farmers and fisherfolk grow them, as they are easy to manage and require the least inputs. They have exhibited less vulnerability to extreme weather conditions because they grow underground.”
A hot topic in global agriculture research is to exploit use of Crop Wild Relatives to mitigate effects of climate change. What are these and why are they important?
A great example of research going on at CIP is an examination of a CWR sweetpotato discovered in the deserts of Ica in southern Peru. “We noticed that, despite the arid environment, this sweetpotato was still green,” says Dorcus Gemenet, geneticist at CIP, who collected the sweetpotato from the field near Ica.