“Every Color in My Pencil Box”
Growing up in Assam, India, CIP researcher Sampriti Baruah remembers having potatoes with nearly every dish, but it was always secondary to rice. Rice was the staple. Potato was an afterthought, served with string beans, served with lentils, served with okra. Some in her family thought potato would make you overweight or cause diabetes. In other words, the potato was held in low esteem.
Years later, in graduate school, Baruah studied social development and sustainable livelihoods before moving on to the International Rice Research Institute and then the International Potato Center.