Farmers of Earth




Real farmers, real stories

The International Potato Center has made news of late due to its collaboration with NASA and the combined effort to grow #PotatoesOnMars and while that’s a compelling storyline for a movie what CIP is really about is Farmers on Earth. Inspired by Humans of New York, or as its devoted fans call it, HONY, a wonderful series of photos and stories about people, primarily New Yorkers and their hopes, struggles and lives, Farmers of Earth uses photos and stories to help you learn more about farmers in the developing world and the challenges they face to feed their families and communities and the innovative solutions they use to overcome them.

Saani Muhammed: Increased knowledge, increased production

Discovering the differences between root crops. New lessons in farming.

Yanali Sabu: Knowledge yields sweetpotato profits

"The second year we learned how to plant better and got three times the amount of income.”

Edwin Amuyao: On the lookout for innovation

We will always look for innovations and find out new things. I’ll finish learning when I’m dead.

Alhassan Dua: Selling sweetpotato vines was a risk worth taking

We will be farmers all of our lives. Even when we are dead our children will still be farmers.

Julius Dorsese: Growing Sweetpotato Profits

I began growing sweetpotato and made enough money to put a new roof on my house.


  By Aime Ndayisenga and Kirimi Sindi   It’s always difficult to try something new! Doubts, fear and the confidence you have gained over long experience with things you are […]


By Caroline Namara and Sindi Kirimi   Many at times, when farmers are told about the many added values of Orange Fleshed Sweetpotatoes (OFSP), they can hardly believe it comparing […]

Fernando Alibi: Availing healthy sweetpotato planting material to farmers in Mozambique’s Niassa Province

  September 2016: In Choulue locality, Chimbunila district—Mozambique— Fernando Alibi, has finished constructing his net tunnel and is anxiously waiting for vines. He has been growing the orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) […]
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