Happy New Year (of the Potato)!

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click me !According to the United Nations, which has designated 2008 as The Year of the Potato, this popular but unassuming veggie will be an important part of efforts to ensure food security in the developing countries where more than 95% of the increase (100M people/year) in the world’s population will occur.

United Nations Declaration
International Year of the Potato

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

  • Noting that the potato is a staple food in the diet of the world’s population,
  • Recalling resolution 4/2005 of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, adopted on 25 November 2005,
  • Affirming the need to focus world attention on the role that the potato can play in providing food security and eradicating poverty in support of achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals,
  1. Decides to declare the year 2008 the International Year of the Potato;
  2. Invites the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to facilitate the implementation of the International Year of the Potato, in collaboration with Governments, the United Nations Development Programme, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research centres and other relevant organizations of the United Nations system, as well as relevant non-governmental organizations.

[22 December 2005] 

“Since 1959 the UN has designated International years in order to draw attention to major issues and to encourage international action to address concerns which have global importance and ramifications.” To view the chronological list, click HERE.

Links:
IYP website.
2006/06/08 – CGIAR: 2008 will be the International Year of the Potato
2006/11 – FAO: Buried treasure, the potato

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