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1028. International Day of Potato

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1028. International Day of Potato 


May 30 is designated as the International Day of Potato, which provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on potatoes.

Potatoes, including sweet potatoes, taro, and yams, are widely cultivated and consumed worldwide, and contribute to the SDGs of eradicating hunger, promoting sustainable agriculture, and expanding economic opportunities. Potatoes are not only a staple crop for many people; they also lead to employment opportunities and economic growth along the value chain.

Native to the Andes Mountains of South America, potatoes are now grown in a variety of production systems around the world, from smallholder Andean farmers to large-scale mechanized commercial farmers. While commonly treated as a vegetable that can be preserved, it also holds importance as a staple food. Its abundant nutrients, including vitamin C and potassium, contribute to its nutritional value. In addition to frying, steaming, boiling, and stewing dishes, it is also used in processed foods such as croquettes and potato chips in food cultures around the world.


Contributor: IIYAMA Miyuki, Information Program

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