Thoughts on the observation of International Rural Women’s Day — For centuries “women [have worked] hard to improve the lives of their families and communities through agriculture,” Mudege said. “They need access to markets and access to knowledge and finance to establish viable small-scale rural enterprises to create employment for themselves, as well as generate incomes. As a result, it is not what women can do but what can be done to add value to the efforts that women are already making.”
“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.”
For the past two-plus, numerous CIP officials were present at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Piura, Peru, which concluded September 27.
Nearly half a century ago, when CIP was founded, potato collectors in remote regions of Central America traveled for “weeks on end” with dwindling tanks of gas to find new specimens, as Director General Barbara Wells put it in her remarks at CIP’s 45th anniversary celebration September 16.
Farmers and scientists work side by side in fields and in labs to correlate traditional knowledge and scientific research in order to better understand the interaction between crops and agro-ecologies. In the course of this work, the practices’ roles in shaping farming communities’ social, cultural and economic well-being is better understood.
World Population Day, established by the UN Development Programme in 1989, was inspired partly by what was known as Five Billion Day, marked on July 11, 1987: the day the earth’s population was thought to hit five billion people. The current global population is over 7.4 billion people.
On this World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (June 17), we look across the countries where CIP operates for a roundup of work developing potato and sweetpotato’s drought resilience.
The United Nations has designated May 22 International Day for Biological Diversity. This year’s theme, Maintaining Biodiversity: Sustaining People and Their Livelihoods, dovetails beautifully with many of CIP’s goals, said […]