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Potato Park

During potato harvest season in the Potato Park in Cuzco, Peru, the mountains are dotted with farmers cultivating potatoes in every hue found in the rainbow. Potatoes prepared in earth ovens called Huatias give their treasured tubers an earthy smoky flavor. This unique Park is a place where six communities have come together to preserve the biodiversity of potato. They live by Andean principles of duality, reciprocity and balance. The Andes are the birthplace of the potato and Peru is home to the greatest number of potato landraces, more than 3,500 varieties grow in country. Conserving potato biodiversity is critical to assuring food security for future generations. Smallholder farmers across the Andes tend to plant their potatoes in chaqru, a mix of varieties to assure production in the face of unpredictable conditions. The International Potato Center teams up with the Potato Park and Asociación Andes to understand the impact of climate change on potato cultivation. Photos: Sara A. Fajardo for CIP

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Taken on May 26, 2018