Collaborative Potato Breeding for Yield Stability and Micronutrient Density
The project tries to address food security, human nutrition, and sustainable agriculture issues, including micronutrient deficiencies and the need for yield stability of highland potato cropping systems in central and western Nepal and central and eastern Bhutan. The project will address these issues through breeding for high micronutrient content and yield stability, decentralized participatory selection of new varieties, and increasingly intelligent targeting of breeding objectives based on accurate human nutrition baseline knowledge. The project was prioritized by researchers and development agents in the Himalayas-Hindu Kush region as part of a much needed food-based approach to combat malnutrition in isolated regions at high altitudes.
The project addresses the need to improve the nutrition of potato-consuming rural populations in Nepal and Bhutan through the development of new potato varieties with enhanced nutritional quality, local adaptability to mountain production systems, disease resistance, and acceptability to consumers and actors in target value chains. This project will contribute to closing the gap between Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) and current (deficient) levels of micronutrient intake in rural areas of both countries where malnutrition, potato cultivation, and consumption overlap. It will do so through a food-based approach that prioritizes collaborative breeding for high micronutrient content and yield stability, decentralized participatory selection of new varieties, and increasingly intelligent targeting of breeding objectives based on accurate human nutrition baseline knowledge.
July 2012 - June 2015
International Potato Centre, National Potato Development Programme, National Potato Research Programme
Austrian Development Agency, International Potato Centre