One million hectares of CIP potatoes, Brief Number 36

This is a study of the contribution of the International Potato Center (CIP) research on varietal change and potato production, particularly in developing countries. More specifically, the study focuses on adoption of CIP-related varieties in those countries.

Among the study findings:

  • By 2007, breeding programs in 23 surveyed developing countries had released 681 new varieties, 251 of which had their origins in CIP germplasm.
  • In Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, the aggregate area under CIP-related varieties increased by more than 230,000 hectares between 1997 and 2007, equivalent to one third of the worldwide increase.
  • CIP-related varieties are now planted on more than 100,000 hectares in Peru.
  • In Asia, 10% of the potato-growing area was planted with CIP-related varieties by 2007, up from 3.5% in 1997.