International Potato Center

Data Center Description
The International Potato Center (known worldwide by its Spanish
acronym, CIP) seeks to reduce poverty and achieve food security
on a sustained basis in developing countries through scientific
research and related activities on potato, sweetpotato, other
root and tuber crops, and on the improved management of natural
resources in the Andes and other mountain areas.

CIP headquarters are in La Molina, outside of Lima, Peru?s
capital, in an irrigated coastal valley. CIP also has
experimental stations in Huancayo in the high Andes and in San
Ram?n on the eastern, rainforest-covered slopes, taking
advantage of Peru?s varied geography and climate. The Center has
another high Andes experiment station in Quito, Ecuador, and a
worldwide network of regional offices and collaborators.

CIP has recruited an international team of scientists from 25
countries, supported by nationally recruited staff. In its first
year of operation, CIP was funded by five donors. Today, the
Center?s budget is underwritten by more than 40 donors.

CIP is a Future Harvest Center and receives its principal
funding from 58 governments, private foundations and
international and regional organizations knows as the
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
(CGIAR). Future Harvest builds awareness and support for food
and environmental research for a world with less poverty, a
healthier human family, well-nourished children and a better
environment. Future Harvest supports research, promotes
partnerships and sponsors projects that bring the results of
research to rural communities, farmers and families in Africa,
Latin America and Asia.


[Summary provided by the CIP]