Dr. Rodney Cooke

Chair, Board of Trustees

Statement by the Board Chair

The International Potato Center’s Board of Trustees remains firm in its commitment to provide programmatic governance and the financial oversight and leadership that ensures the Center’s effective and efficient management. It is a privilege to serve an organization working with partners to achieve food security, well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems worldwide.

Center Highlights

In 2016, CIP continued to gain ground in accomplishing our 2014 strategic objectives to deliver impact at scale. CIP set a target of reaching 10 million households in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2020 with orange-fleshed sweetpotato. A full 30% of that ambitious target has been met.

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Statement by the Director General

CIP’s 45th anniversary, celebrated in 2016, marked a milestone in our existence in what was a history making year. Together with our partners around the world, we had the opportunity to reflect on CIP’s past achievements in food security and nutrition, and project a vision for the coming decades. Clearly, we have laid a firm foundation of upstream and downstream research and have made significant achievements at every step along the value chain. CIP’s founding Director General, Richard Sawyer, and his colleagues would be pleased with the role CIP plays in agricultural research for development 45 years after its founding.

Agriculture’s role in nutrition came to the fore in 2016 through the World Food Prize and Al-Sumait Prize for African Food Security. The World Food Prize recognized the role of three CIP researchers, Dr. Jan Low, Dr. Maria Andrade and Dr. Robert Mwanga, and HarvestPlus’ Dr. Howarth Bouis for their work on…

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Barbara Wells

Director General