Perfecting the potato, with help from Peru’s farmers
This World Food Day, the International Potato Center (CIP) announced a new disease-resistant potato developed with the Crop Trust’s support. Called CIP-Matilde, this special spud was developed in collaboration with farmers and potato breeders in Peru. Here’s a look at how potatoes like CIP-Matilde are developed and selected with help from farmers.
The potato is the world’s most important food crop after wheat and maize, but breeding new varieties that can withstand the pressures of climate change is no easy task.