CIP - International Potato Center

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Join a multicultural team committed to ensuring a food-secure world. The International Potato Center (CIP) believes that we can ensure food security if the best people are brought together on a team focused on this mutual cause. CIP has a diverse group of scientists and professionals from all over the world who bring a wealth of talent and experience to bear for this cause. CIP provides a nurturing environment where staff grow together on teams and strives to recognize and enhance your skills at every phase of your career.

If you want to impact on reducing poverty and improving nutrition of the world’s poor, join the CIP team to boost your career to new heights and become part of a new generation of talented researchers and professionals willing to change the world.

About us

The International Potato Center (CIP) was founded in 1971. CIP work closely with hundreds of partners worldwide, CIP seeks to achieve food security, increased well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming, and food systems in the developing world. CIP aims ar deliver sustainable solutions to the pressing world problems of hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources. CIP is a global center, with headquarters in Lima, Peru and offices in 30 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Our vision: CIP’s vision is that roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor.

Our mission: CIP’s mission is to work with partners to achieve food security, well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems in the developing world. We do this through research and innovation in science, technology, and capacity strengthening

CIP and its partners work across the agricultural spectrum. From the laboratory to the marketplace, CIP biologists, entomologists, agronomists, nutritionists, and social scientists conduct research and carry out projects.

CIP’s research originally focused on the potato, which originated and was first domesticated in the Andean Highlands. Produced in over 100 countries, the potato is the world’s third most important food crop after rice and wheat. The potato is a resilient tuber that grows underground making it more robust to climate changes. Together with roots, tubers play a critical role in the global food system, especially in the developing world. They are among the top 10 most commonly consumed food staples and provide one of the cheapest sources of energy and vital nutrients.  Additionally, they grow in marginal conditions with relatively few inputs and simple techniques – making them ideal “climate-smart” crops.

Global Science Programs

The Center’s global priorities include sustaining root and tuber biodiversity; breeding more nutritious, adaptable, pest-and-disease-resistant varieties; and building resilient agro-economic-social systems for marginal populations in developing countries.

CIP’s five Global Science Programs are cross-cutting among roots and tubers:

  • Genetic Resources
  • Genetics and Crop Improvement
  • Genomics and Biotechnology
  • Integrated Crop and Systems Research
  • Social and Health Sciences
  • Targeted Regions

Using the “Pro-Poor Research and Development” model, CIP completed a rigorous targeting exercise to identify regional priorities. The first step was defining the agro-ecological regions where potato and other root and tuber cultivation are widespread among poor people, and where increasing productivity is most likely to enhance their livelihoods. These data were then combined with an analysis of livelihood indicators (income per capita, nutritional status, child mortality rates, maternal mortality, etc.).

CIP’s four targeted regions are:

  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • South Saharan Africa
  • Southwest Central Asia
  • East and Southeast Asian Pacific
  • Building partnerships and promoting gender equity are themes common to all CIP research.



CIP - International Potato Center
Closing: 2016-10-25