The International Potato Center (CIP), based in Lima, Peru says in its recently released Annual Report that between 2013-2018, research for development by CIP has benefitted more than 7 million households.
In the foreword to the Report, Barbara H Wells (Director General) and Rodney Cooke (Chair, Board of Trustees) say innovative technologies and dynamic markets can offer women and young agripreneurs opportunities, consumers greater access to nutritious food, and farmers help in adapting to and mitigating climate change.
They point out that these opportunities come with challenges.
“Pushing our planet’s environmental boundaries means we will have to produce more with less in the future. No one food source has all the solutions. But as the third and sixth most important food crops in terms of human consumption, potato and sweetpotato can play a central role in contributing to global food system transformation,” according to Wells and Cooke.
They confirm that research for development by CIP and partners has benefited more than seven million households between 2013 and 2018.
The Annual Report provides examples of how CIP and its many partners are helping to meet specific SDGs. These include: upskilling farmers for new opportunities in Asia; catalyzing markets in Kenya; enabling greater food and nutrition security in Malawi; safeguarding and using agrobiodiversity in Peru; and climate-smart sweetpotato breeding in Africa.