Monday, November 26, 2007

2008 Interational Year of the Potato.

Potato, the fourth major food crop in the world, is in the limelight. The United Nations has declared 2008 as the 'International Year of Potato (IYP)'. The declared mission of IYP is to increase awareness of the importance of potato as a food in developing countries, and promote research and development of potato-based systems as a means of contributing to the achievement of the UN millennium development goals.

According to James Godfrey, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Potato Centre, Peru, "World potato production is about 320 million tonne a year, and this makes potatoes the most important root and tuber food crop in the world. Its food productivity per hectare is about four times greater than that of cereals, and it can be harvested before it reaches maturity, thus providing an important role in food security, which is so critical to many families."...

**Have they nothing better to do with their time? Maybe ending slavery, slaughter in the Sudan, womens rights you know minor stuff like that.

crossposted @ Newportcity - Year of the potato!