|Peruvian potato farmers|
with Pallay Poncho and Puka Lliclla varieties
Cusco region, Peru
While the native varieties being devastated by disease, the introduction of these two new varieties has “made the difference between having enough to eat, or not.” Both varieties were were developed by CIP with collaboration from Peru’s Ministry of Agriculture and its National Institute of Agrarian Innovation (INIA). Research on them began in 2003 after late blight wiped out the native potato harvest of a large farming community in Paucartambo. It was unusual for this to occur given the high altitude of Paucartambo. This was the first indicator that climate change was having an impact of native potato varieties.
For more see: "Improved potato varieties ensure Peruvian communities have enough to eat," CGIAR Consortium Office, 12 April 2012.