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Study Tour to the International Potato Center (CIP), Lima, Peru, 20 November 2004

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CIP was founded in 1971 with the aim of preserving, studying and disseminating the great range of genetic varieties of the potato, as well as other important tuber crops in the Andean Region. The tour was led by CIP staff who guided the participants through the various installations at the center, which included a visit to the laboratories, and to see numerous varieties of roots and tubers currently under study at the center. Inaugurated in 2001, the CIP gene bank is home to more than 5,000 different types of sweet potato, the world’s largest collection of its kind. The participants learned about the Vitamin A for Africa partnership (VITAA). VITAA’s goal is to reduce vitamin A malnutrition in Africa by providing farmers with the option to substitute white-fleshed sweet potato with new high β-carotene cultivars. The new varieties, many of which have been officially released in Eastern Africa, were designed to meet local market standards and are particularly attractive to young children. A recent impact case study by economists working at Michigan State University and the International Potato Center suggests that 50 million children under age 6 currently at risk from diseases associated with vitamin A deficiency could benefit from the new VITAA varieties.

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Year 2005
Authors Faviola Jimenez
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/TDUV3448
DOI Number 10.52439/TDUV3448
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