Climate change endangers potatoes in Bolivia

Harvesting potatoes in Bolivia. (IFAD video capture)

The cultivation of potatoes, the staple food in Bolivia, is in danger as a result of climate change, according to the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Potatoes originated in the Andes and the region boasts more than 4,000 different varieties of the crop.

However, increased temperatures, changes in growing seasons and increased incidence of extreme weather events are taking their toll on the root vegetable.

IFAD has invested $10 million to help 32,000 farmers across Bolivia adapt to changing climate.

Joanne Levitan, reports on the potato planting village of Miskha Mayu.

Duration: 3'18"

 

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