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Potatoes for Sustainable Global Food Security


Potato is the third most important food crop in terms of global consumption, and it has been highly recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a food security crop as the world faces a growing population and related problems with food supply. This paper presents data on global potato production, consumption, malnutrition, and hunger; information which helps pinpoint where the resource-poor and hungry live and how the potato and international agricultural research could help improve food security and livelihoods in developing countries. The International Potato Center has used such a targeting exercise to focus its research for development and develop its new strategic plan, in which five out of the six objectives are related to potato.

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  1. Data as of October 1, 2013. Collection numbers reported in the past have often been a subset of the collections consisting of accessions that were only Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA), only in vitro, or only available for distribution (identity verified and phytosanitary clean). The numbers reported here represent the total active collections preserved by the CIP gene bank regardless of the category or biological status.


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We would like to thank Douglas Horton and Véronique Durroux for valuable observations and suggestions to earlier drafts of this document; CIP’s colleagues Dave Ellis, Marc Ghislain, Elmar Schulte-Geldermann, and Mohinder Kadian for their comments; and Victor Suarez for revising the databases.

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Devaux, A., Kromann, P. & Ortiz, O. Potatoes for Sustainable Global Food Security. Potato Res. 57, 185–199 (2014).

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  • Institutional innovation
  • Priority setting
  • “Pro-poor” technologies
  • Seed
  • Small-scale farmers
  • Vulnerability