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International Potato Center launches ambitious survey to revolutionize potato varieties in the Global South

In a significant move to bolster food security in the Global South, the International Potato Center (CIP), under the aegis of the CGIAR, has initiated an extensive survey targeting market segments crucial for the development of resilient and adaptable potato varieties.

Bridging the Gap Through Research and Innovation

The survey, accessible here, is designed to gather invaluable data from diverse agricultural stakeholders ranging from smallholder farmers to large agribusiness entities. The objective is to tailor potato breeding programs more closely to the needs and challenges specific to these regions, thereby enhancing yield, sustainability, and nutritional outcomes.

The Global South, a region that faces unique agricultural challenges including variable climates, limited water resources, and diverse socio-economic conditions, stands to benefit immensely from crops that are not that are not only high yielding, but also responding to requirements and preferences of both smallholder farmers and end-users. CIP’s initiative represents a proactive approach to these challenges, leveraging CGIAR’s extensive network of researchers and resources.

A Multi-faceted Approach to Sustainable Development

For each of the potato market segments, the survey focuses on several key aspects:

  • The area: estimating the area allocated to each market segment in a given CGIAR sub-region,
  • The yield: estimating the average farm yield for each segment
  • The price: estimating the average farmgate price for each segment

This information will provide valuable insights to the CIP Market Intelligence team for characterizing each market segment and related impact opportunities through about 200 indicators that are accessible through GLOMIP, the Global Market Intelligence Platform – see for more details..

Impact and Expectations

The data collected through the survey will inform a broader strategy by CGIAR to enhance food security through scientific research and ecological management. By aligning breeding programs with real-world needs, CIP aims to not only improve the livelihoods of farmers but also contribute to a more sustainable and food-secure future.

Stakeholders in the agricultural sector, policy makers, and researchers are encouraged to participate in the survey and contribute to this crucial research. With collaborative effort and shared knowledge, the potential to transform the agricultural landscape of the Global South is within reach.

Expected participants in this survey include breeders, seed system specialists, market and value chain experts, agronomists, and practitioners with significant knowledge of the potato sector.

For more information on how to participate in the survey or to learn more about the project, please visit this survey page.

Source: International Potato Center (CIP) and CGIAR.
More information:
Please visit this page on the CIP website
If you have further questions or concerns regarding the study, please contact Diego Naziri (CIP) at or Vivian Polar (CIP) at
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