Biodiverse and Nutritious Potato Improvement across Peru, Nepal and Bhutan
The communities of highlands of Peru, Nepal and Bhutan growing potato as one of the staple crops are facing different biotic and abiotic stress. Thus, the farmers in such regions must be equipped with adaptable biodiverse, stress tolerant and nutritious potato varieties, along with knowledge and capacity to grow them. With this aim, the project 'Biodiverse and Nutritious Potato Improvement across Peru, Nepal and Bhutan' funded by International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, is implemented. Further, the project intends to increase the capacities of national level agricultural research institutions and farmers in each country to access the appropriate genetic resources and develop improved disease resistant, robust, micronutrient dense potato varieties. LI-BIRD is implementing activities such as participatory varietal selection, seed production, linkage building among different stakeholders, knowledge sharing and transfer, and public-private sector model development. Thus, through different approaches of the project, resilience of the communities in these unfavorable highland environments will be increased against threats to food availability and diversity.
Countries: Bhutan, Nepal, Peru
Working districts: Jumla, Kaski
Project Duration: 2016 - 2018
Funded by: Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Contact Person: Rajeev Dhakal