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“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.
Scaling up Biofortified Crops through a “Food Basket” Approach for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa
The Building Nutritious Food Baskets (BNFB) is a new project led by the international Potato Centre (CIP) and implemented through a consortium of partners. The project has an overall goal of reducing hidden hunger and purposes to demonstrate how scaling up of “multiple biofortified crops” can be achieved.