Can Highland Potato Production Be Sustainable? Lessons from the Andes

Date: 21 June 2016
Location: University of Central Asia, 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Other languages: Русский язык |
23 June 2016, 14:00

Dr Greg Forbes, International Potato Centre 

The presentation will focus on sustainability of potato production in highland situations. Potatos are historically a highland crop and have been grown for millennia in the Andes; by this indicator potato production was originally sustainable. Nonetheless, modern production techniques in more developed economies differ considerably from the Andean production system and have developed alternative methods of combating constraints. This talk will look at some of the differences in historical and modern production patterns and give one example of how a viable approach may be developed for small-scale producers in the highlands of low-income countries. Sustainability indicators have received extensive attention in the literature recently, leading to a situation that is daunting for the non-specialist. The plethora of indicators may partially explain why sustainability has generally not been measured in potato-related Research and Development (R&D) interventions, in spite of the importance given to sustainability as a general concept. Fortunately, there are a couple of practical applications in potato that could give guidance for most R&D situations.
Dr Greg Forbes received his PhD degree in plant pathology from Texas A&M University in 1986 and subsequently spent two years in a postdoctoral position in Montpellier, France at the Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA). He has worked with the International Potato Center (CIP) since 1989 with responsibility for research on potato late blight (PLB), and more recently for management of other potato diseases. He spent much of his career in Andean highlands at the CIP Quito (Ecuador) and also in Lima (Peru) at CIP's headquarters; he is currently posted in Kunming, China. Greg is interested in disease management strategies appropriate for low-income countries and has focused on host plant resistance and farmer disease management capacity. He has worked with PLB modeling for disease management and risk assessment due to both climate change and pathogen evolution.  He is currently leading CIP ‘Agile potato for Asia’ program and working on global projects on degeneration and disease risk assessment in vegetatively propagated crops within the context of ‘RTB', the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas.
The presentation will be conducted in English.
Russian translation will be provided upon prior request.
University of Central Asia, 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Conference Room (2nd floor).

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* The views presented in this lecture are those of the presenter and not necessarily those of the University of Central Asia or any of its staff
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