Founded in 1971, the International Potato Center is based in Lima, Peru. The center is a root and tuber research-for-development institution delivering sustainable solutions to the pressing world problems of hunger, poverty and the degradation of natural resources.
Established by decree of the Peruvian government, the organization seeks to reduce poverty and achieve food security on a sustained basis in developing countries through scientific research and related activities on potato, sweet potato, other root and tuber crops, and on the improved management of natural resources in the Andes and other mountain areas.
The center is truly global, with offices in 20 developing countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Working closely with partners, it seeks to achieve food security, increased well-being and gender equity for poor people in the developing world. The organization furthers its mission through rigorous research, innovation in science and technology, and capacity strengthening regarding root and tuber farming and food systems.