in harsher climates than any other major crop.
-- Potatoes are a nutrient dense food containing protein, carbohydrates,
vitamin C, potassium and many other micronutrients.
-- More and more people are relying on potatoes as a major part of their
diets. World potato production has increased at an annual average rate
of 4.5 percent over the last 10 years, and exceeded the growth in
production of many other major food commodities in developing
countries, particularly in Asia.
-- Potatoes are, or can be, grown in many countries around the world from
China's Yunnan plateau and the subtropical lowlands of India, to Java's
equatorial highlands and the steppes of Ukraine.
"When compared to other foods, the potato provides one of the best nutrient density returns for the cost of production," stated Muir. "The potato is rich in vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6 and other important vitamins and minerals -- and uses much less water to grow than rice."
Helping Hunger Stateside
For many years the Idaho Potato Commission has been involved in several initiatives to promote potato consumption in developing nations. The IPC has been working closely with the University of Idaho on developing a fortified dehydrated potato product that could potentially provide sustenance and nutrition to millions of adults and children in developing nations around the globe through US food aid programs. The Commission has also actively been promoting Idaho Potato seed potatoes to countries in Asia and Central America.
For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been the world's leading
international children's organization, working in over 150 countries to
address the ongoing issues that affect why kids are dying. UNICEF provides
lifesaving nutrition, clean water, education, protection and emergency
response, saving more young lives than any other humanitarian organization
in the wo
|SOURCE Idaho Potato Commission|
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