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.

Fortunato Cerrospi: The link between music and agriculture

  Music is part of agriculture. Agriculture goes with music. Every town has its customs. Cattle raising goes hand-in-hand with agriculture. With cattle, we use the excrement to make fertilizer […]

Albina Nuñez: Upholding her ancestors traditions

  My mom, my grandmother, my great-grandparents all kept native potatoes. I don’t want to lose them. I have seven children, and we all grow them together. We plant all […]

Sebastian Alanya Sotocuro: Advice for the next generation

  In the past, we used to plant potatoes all year long. But in the last few years, we have seen how our sacred earth is suffering: by using chemical […]

Maria Cosme Mandujano: On the origins of potato farming

  The story goes that at one time the potato arrived in the form of a person. It arrived in search of lodging. There were people who said they didn’t […]

Gerardo Castillo: Sharing ancestral stories

  My grandparents used to tell us a story; they’d say, “Okay children, you have to plant your potatoes along with the mashua (a type of Andean tuber). It’s necessary […]

Preidesvenida Borga Beteta: Following in her grandparents footsteps

  I learned from my grandparents how to grow my native potatoes and to take care not to lose my varieties. They would be happy because they cultivated them and […]

Marcelo Tiza: Growing native potato varieties in Peru

    When I was a boy, there was a diversity of potatoes but we’ve been losing some of the varieties.  We’re now getting them back little by little.   […]

Elmer Abel Tongo Tarrillo: High quality seeds improve production

  We used to use our seeds to plant from harvest to harvest. Now we have done soil analysis of our lands. We now use certified good quality seeds.   […]
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