Carlos Hidalgo Romero: Potato Genebanks Re-Supply Communities with Native Potatoes


Original Story: Faces of Impact, CIP CD-Rom

Every year we win the Potato Variety Contest. Because we have all the different potato varieties that other communities don’t have, so we win.

My grandfather sees some of the varieties that CIP brings to us and remembers them from when he was a child.

This genebank contains 142 varieties at the moment. The community is completely responsible for the maintenance of the genebank, and for choosing the varieties to be included in this communal resource pool. Comuneros can choose from the genebank the varieties they wish to plant in their individual fields.


farmers, native potato