Integrated Crop and Systems Research

Agricultural research needs to address problems that are biophysically, agro-ecologically, and socio-economically diverse and complex at multiple scales, namely crop,…

Feeding the future

China and the International Potato Center launch new Center to boost potato and sweetpotato capacity across China, Asia, and the Pacific

The Crop Genebank Knowledge Base (CGKB) According to the recently released Second Report on the State of the World’s PGRFA, the number of genebanks worldwide has reached nearly 1700. These genebanks store millions of germplasm samples that need to be properly managed

Pumping up potatoes for poor communities – iron biofortification

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder in the world – affecting 50% of pregnant women and 40% of preschool children in developing countries, according to the World Health Organization. Since potatoes are naturally good sources of iron, the International Potato Center (known by its Spanish acronym CIP) is working to add further nutritional value through breeding, or biofortification, of potato. It is a very promising alternative for improving health in poor communities, where access to meat is limited and people cannot afford commercially fortified foods and vitamin supplements.

World Bank Learning Group in Peru

Experts from the World Bank spent a week in Peru, 6-12 June 2009, for an Agriculture Research and Development Learning Exchange on Climate Change and Vulnerability in Pacific and Andean Landscapes: Implications for High Value Agriculture and Livelihoods, in collaboration with CIP.

Incopa CIP Project Wins Peru Business Award

(Lima, November 2008). – The Project Innovation and Competitiveness of the Peruvian Potato (INCOPA) implemented by the International Potato Center (CIP) has been rewarded the Peruvian Creativity Business Award 2008 in the category Promotion of Development.

Unraveling the Potato Genome

CIP is pleased to announce the release of the first draft sequence of the potato genome. CIP scientists worked alongside scientists from 14 different countries as part of the Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium to develop this first “blueprint” of how the potato works.

A million hectares of potatoes in the developing world

Potato varieties bred with CIP materials or obtained with help from the center now occupy over 1 million hectares of land worldwide. This statistic comes from a survey of 23 national potato-breeding programs in developing countries in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, which together account for more than 80% of developing country potato area and production.