Stories that Inspire: The Peruvian farmer who grows 400 potato varieties to preserve them

Deep in the Andes mountains, in the Cusco region of Peru, lives and works a man named Julio Hancco Mamani, also known to some as the “Potato King”. Julio is continuing a family legacy by cultivating more than 400 native varieties of native Andean potato varieties.

But he’s not just growing them for fun. Mamani’s goal is to preserve the unique variety selection that he has established for future generations and encourage others to love the noble tubers as much as he does.

“Here in Peru, I take care of these potatoes. I respect them. I want other people to respect them too so that they won’t disappear in future.”

This video was produced by This Great Big Story in partnership with Peru Travel ( It is re-published here with thanks and appreciation.