Friday, 25 April 2008

The International Year of the Potato

The potato has been around for some 8000 years, and the Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has created this site to promote
2008 as the International Year of the Potato. The intent of the site is to
promote the role of the potato as a way to alleviate world hunger and to
help achieve a number of internationally agreed upon development objectives,
including the Millennium Development Goals. On the right-side of the
homepage, visitors can read fact sheets on the potato, learn about world
potato production, and even view a photo gallery of potatoes from around the
world. Along the top of the site, visitors will find the "Potato World"
section. Here they can learn about world potato production over the past two
decades via a set of statistics and a nice map. Clicking on each region of
the world will reveal even more detailed country-level statistics, including
acres in potato production and consumption rates.