HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE PRINCESS ROYAL, VISITS CIP’S HEADQUARTERS
Second Visit to Genebank in Ten Years
18 September 2017 Lima, Peru — The International Potato Center was honored to host Her Royal Highness Anne, Princess Royal at our headquarters on Saturday, 16 September. The Princess Royal toured the world’s largest in vitro potato genebank which also houses one of the largest plant cryopreservation programs globally.
“It was an honor to welcome The Princess Royal to CIP”, said Dr. Oscar Ortiz, Deputy Director General. “We are thrilled with her continued interest in our work to achieve food security, well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems in the developing world.”
The Princess Royal’s visit comes after a successful year for the organization with the launching of the Potatoes on Mars project – a series of experiments to test potato growth in extreme climates on Earth using Mars atmospheric conditions – and the awarding of the 2016 World Food Prize to CIP scientists Dr. Maria Andrade, Dr. Jan Low and Dr. Robert Mwanga for their work on biofortified crops to reduce hidden hunger and specifically vitamin A deficiency (VAD), one of the most pernicious forms of undernourishment in the developing world. Both projects were presented to The Princess Royal by Dr. Dorcus Gemenet and Dr. Hannele Lindqvist-Kreuze.
The visit was a follow on from The Princess Royal’s July 2007 visit to CIP’s headquarters.
About The International Potato Center (CIP)
A CGIAR research center based in Lima, Peru with a presence in 27 countries worldwide, the International Potato Center (CIP) has been delivering on its mission to achieve food security, well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems in the developing world since 1971. We do this through research and innovation in science, technology, and capacity strengthening. Learn more at www.cipotato.org. Follow us on Twitter @cipotato.
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