Enigma

images magazine news 2014 pw 4 2014 Enigma sMyanmar, Mozambique and Burundi: just three examples of countries where potato plays a slowly increasing role to feed the population.

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Mini-tuber production at the facilities of the national agricultural research institute in Burundi.

Myanmar, Mozambique and Burundi: just three examples of countries where potato plays a slowly increasing role to feed the population. India, Rwanda and Kenya, just three examples where the potato plays a substantial role in feeding the needy millions. The former three countries have in common that they have gone through many decennia of seclusion, political difficulties, lack of international communication, slow technological innovation and economic stagnation. When I travel there, which I do frequently – I need to bring cash as ATMs are not found and outside the capital – where the potatoes tend to be cultivated – contact to the outside world by phone or internet usually is not possible. 

 

Anton Haverkort
antonhaverkort@wur.nl