Statement by the Board Chair

In 2015, CIP continued to gain ground on the strategic objectives set forth in 2014 to deliver impact at scale. CIP has the target of reaching 15 million people by the year 2020 with Orange Fleshed Sweetpotato.…

Letter from Director General

In September 2015 the United Nations General Assembly formally announced the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a new universal set of goals, targets and indicators for UN member states to ...

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Our Crops


  • When boiled, a single medium-sized potato contains about half the daily adult requirement of vitamin C and significant amounts of vitamin B, iron, potassium, and zinc.
  • Potato produces more food per unit of water than any other major crop.
  • Potato can grow in almost any climate, from sea level to 4,700 meters above sea level.
  • There are about 5,000 different varieties of potato, most of which are found only in the Andes.
  • More than a billion people worldwide eat potato.
  • China is the world’s largest producer, harvesting more than 73 million tons of potato a year.
  • Grown in about 130 countries, potato is the third most important food crop after rice and wheat (1 ha of potato can yield two to four times the food value of grain crops).


  • Just 125 g of fresh orange-fleshed sweetpotato root contains enough beta carotene to provide the daily vitamin A needs of a preschool-aged child. The crop is also a valuable source of vitamins B, C, and E.
  • Sweetpotato is also a healthy, cheap animal feed. Studies suggest that livestock fed on sweetpotato vines produce less methane, meaning its use could potentially mitigate global warming.
  • More than 105 million tons are produced globally each year, with 95% in developing countries.
  • Worldwide, sweetpotato is the sixth most important food crop after rice, wheat, potatoes, maize, and cassava, but it ranks fifth in developing countries.
  • Sweetpotato can grow at altitudes from sea level to 2,500 meters above sea level, and comes in varieties ranging in color from white to yellow to orange to purple.
  • Sweetpotato is a storage root, not a tuber like the potato.
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Kofi and Nane Annan Join CIP and Partners in
Promoting Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato in Ghana

CIP gained two important allies in 2015 – former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and his wife, Nane – whose advocacy is boosting efforts to reduce hunger, malnutrition, and poverty in Ghana through the cultivation and consumption of orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP), clearly in line to contribute to SDGs.


Mr. and Mrs. Annan attended a roundtable discussion with representatives of CIP and approximately 30 active and potential partners at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Crops Research Institute, in Kumasi, Ghana in March 2015. They participated in a field trip to see sweetpotato trials at the CSIR-Savanna Agricultural Research Institute, in Tamale, in August 2015.  The field visit was followed by a luncheon featuring various OFSP dishes, displays on the work of CIP and partners, and a discussion with local partners about a strategy to scale up the adoption of OFSP in the country.


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2015 Research Milestones

% potato collection with DNA fingerprints
Potato Accessions Repatriated
Active Project
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Despite a successful year of fundraising for Window 3 and Bilateral funds, CIP recognized a reduction in 2015 revenues due to a shortfall of funds from Window 1 and Window 2 of the CGIAR Fund as compared to 2014. Total revenue reported in 2015 was $58.5M including $26.3M from Windows 1 and 2 (Window 1 and Window 2 at $13.8M and RTB at $12.5M). This represents a decrease of $13.1M compared to 2014. CIP’s Operating Expenses in 2015 are $60.4M and represent a reduction of $10.1M from 2014. CIP’s complete audited financial statements can be obtained online at

Overhead Rate

The indirect cost ratio of the Center was 15% for 2015. The ratio has been calculated following the CGIAR Financial Guidelines No. 5, and expresses the relation between direct and indirect costs.

Liquidity and Financial Stability

The long-term financial stability indicator (adequacy of reserves), which measures the number of days of unrestricted net assets that can be used to cover CIP's operations, was 92 days.


2015 Top Almetric article

The genome of cultivated sweet potato contains Agrobacterium T-DNAs with expressed genes: An example of a naturally transgenic food crop

Published in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, April 2015

Authors: Tina Kyndt, Dora Quispe, Hong Zhai, Robert Jarret, Marc Ghislain, Qingchang Liu, Godelieve Gheysen, Jan F. Kreuze

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Journal Articles
(ISI Thomson)
Journal Articles
(Non-ISI Thomson)
(Including CIP self-published)
Book Chapters
Conference Papers and Posters
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Executive Committee

Barbara Wells (Chair)
Michael Gerba
Carla Lazarte
Adiel Mbabu
Oscar Ortiz
Amalia Perochena
Lu Xiaoping

Science Leadership Team

Oscar Ortiz (Chair)
Merideth Bonierbale
Andre Devaux
David Ellis
Greg Forbes
Marc Ghislain
Simon Heck
Jan Low
Philippe Monneveux
Gordon Prain
Roberto Quiroz
Elmar Schulte-Geldermann

Regional Team

Michael Gerba (chair)
Andre Devaux
James Gradoville
Adiel Mbabu
Luis Mendes
Oscar Ortiz
Julian Parr
Barbara Wells
Lu Xiaoping

Operations Team

Michael Gerba (Chair)
Eduardo Ferreyra
Carla Lazarte
Luis Mendes
Guillermo Quintana
Joel Ranck
Michelle Rodrigo
Carlos Varela


For the Year Ending December 31, 2015

  • Asociación Pataz
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Branston LTD
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
  • Centre for Development Innovation
  • CGIAR Centers
  • CGIAR Fund
  • CGIAR Research Programs
  • European Commission (EC)
  • Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • GIZ with the support of the Federal Ministry for Economic, Cooperation and Development, Germany
  • GIZ on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT)
  • Gobierno de España
  • Government of Austria
  • Government of China
  • Government of Finland
  • Government of India
  • Government of the Netherlands
  • Government of Odisha - Directorate of Horticulture
  • Government of the Philippines
  • Government of The Republic of Korea
  • Government of Turkey
  • Helen Keller International
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Michigan State University
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • North Carolina State University (NCSU)
  • Rural Development Administration (RDA)
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • Syngenta Crop Protection AG
  • Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA)
  • Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland, and, Ireland's Bilateral Aid Programme (Irish Aid)
  • The Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor (BAGC)
  • The Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
  • The Mcknight Foundation
  • The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Tanzania
  • The Regents of the University of California
  • The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC)
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
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Quito (Ecuador)

Lima (Perú)


Kumasi (Ghana)

Abuja (Nigeria)

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Nairobi (Kenya)

Kampala (Uganda)


Kigali (Rwanda)

Lilongwe (Malawi)

Maputo (Mozambique)

Chipata (Zambia)

Mbeya (Tanzania)


New Delhi (India)

Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Dhaka (Bangladesh)


Beijing (China)

Lembang (Indonesia)

Los Baños (Philippines)

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CIP and RTB:
a winning alliance for achieving the SDGs

CIP is both the lead center for the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) and part of the broader RTB alliance with diverse and complementary partners. CIP has played a key role in making RTB into one of the most successful of CRPs, and reciprocally CIP benefits from the broader perspective which RTB brings.

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