Factsheets in PDF

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is leading implementation of the International Year of the Potato. To deepen understanding of the potato's role in world agriculture, the economy and global food security, FAO specialists have compiled a series of factsheets on key issues in potato development. They are available here in PDF format.


Potatoes, nutrition and diet

Potatoes can be important staple foods, but balanced diets need to include other vegetables and whole grain foods.

This factsheet was prepared by Sylvana Prokop for FAO’s Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division

Potato and biodiversity

By conserving - and utilizing - the potato genetic diversity developed by their ancestors, small farmers in the Andes are helping ensure world food security.

This factsheet was prepared by the Global Crop Diversity Trust and FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division

Potato and gender

Around the world, rural women are essential to conservation, seed selection, planting, harvesting, storing and marketing of potatoes.

This factsheet was prepared by Regina Laub and Giulia Muir of FAO's Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division

The global potato economy

Developing countries are now the world's biggest potato producers - and importers - and consumer demand is shifting from fresh tubers to processed products.

This factsheet was prepared by Adam Prakash of FAO's Trade and Markets Division

Potato and food price inflation

The potato is a highly recommended food security crop that can help shield low-income countries from the risks posed by rising international food prices.

This factsheet was prepared by Adam Prakash of FAO's Trade and Markets Division

Potato and biotechnology

In vitro conservation, molecular markers and recombinant DNA technologies are creating new opportunities in potato production and transformation.

This factsheet was prepared by Andrea Sonnino of the Research and Extension Division and Kakoli Ghosh of the Plant Production and Protection Division, FAO

Production of disease-free seed tubers

A simple, low-cost technology can help developing countries produce the healthy seed tubers farmers need for sustainable potato production

This fact sheet was written by Tapani Haapala, of FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division. Roger Cortbaoui and Enrique Chujoy, of the International Potato Center, also contributed.

Potato and water resources

Agriculture faces a double challenge: to grow enough food for the world's expanding population while reducing its share of the Earth's freshwater resources. The potato can help...

This factsheet is based on information provided by FAO's Land and Water Division.

Potato and soil conservation

Mulch planting and the "no-till" potato can help reduce the soil degradation, erosion and nitrate pollution often associated with potato production

This fact sheet was prepared by Theodor Friedrich, of FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division. Rattan Lal, Past President of the Soil Science Society of America, also contributed.

Potato pest and disease management

Combating pests and diseases with intensive use of insecticides and fungicides often does more harm than good. An array of alternatives is available...

This factsheet was prepared by FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division in collaboration with the International Potato Center