Institutional goals

Livelihood
opportunities

Food and
nutrition security

Climate-resilient,
biodiverse agriculture

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, potato, maize
and cassava, but it ranks fifth in
developing countries.
Sweetpotato is a storage root,
not a tuber like the potato.
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, orange or purple.
Sweetpotato
A potato contains about half
the daily adult requirement
of vitamin C and significant
amounts of vitamin B, iron,
potassium and zinc.
China is the world’s largest
producer, harvesting more
than 73 million tons of
potato a year
More than a billion
people worldwide
eat potato as a
staple food.
Potato can grow in
almost any climate, from
sea level to about 4,000
meters above sea level.
There are 5,000 different
varieties of potato in CIP’s
genebank, half of them
can only be found in Peru.
Potato is the third most
important food crop
after rice and wheat and
produces more calories
per hectare than either
of those grains.
Potato Potato produces more
food per unit of water
than any other major crop.

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, potato, maize
and cassava, but it ranks fifth in
developing countries.
Sweetpotato is a storage root,
not a tuber like the potato.
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, orange or purple.
Sweetpotato
A potato contains about half
the daily adult requirement
of vitamin C and significant
amounts of vitamin B, iron,
potassium and zinc.
China is the world’s largest
producer, harvesting more
than 73 million tons of
potato a year
More than a billion
people worldwide
eat potato as a
staple food.
Potato can grow in
almost any climate, from
sea level to about 4,000
meters above sea level.
There are 5,000 different
varieties of potato in CIP’s
genebank, half of them
can only be found in Peru.
Potato is the third most
important food crop
after rice and wheat and
produces more calories
per hectare than either
of those grains.
Potato Potato produces more
food per unit of water
than any other major crop.
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