Submitted to: Sustainable potato production: global case studies
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: January 6, 2012
Publication Date: May 30, 2012
Citation: He, Z., Larkin, R.P., Honeycutt, C.W. 2012. Sustainable Potato Production: Global Case Studies. Springer, Dordrecht, 539 p. Technical Abstract: Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) is grown in over 100 countries throughout the world. As a staple food, potato is the fourth most important crop after rice, wheat, and maize, and has historically contributed to food and nutrition security in the world. Global interest in potato increased sharply in 2008 as world food prices soared, threatening the food security and stability of dozens of low-income countries. Unlike major cereals, potato is not a globally traded commodity, and prices are usually determined by local production costs. Thus, potato is increasingly regarded as a vital food-security crop and as a substitute for costly cereal imports. With such importance, we organized the collection of global case studies that address the issues of sustainable potato production. This collection will promote sustainable and environmentally responsible potato production systems to meet the challenges for long-term and country-driven food security and poverty alleviation. This book begins with an introduction on sustainable potato production and global food security, and then presents eight case studies selected globally and covering different issues relevant to sustainable potato production in both developed and developing countries. Each case study consists of 1-5 chapters written by the accomplished experts in relevant fields. This book will serve as a valuable reference source for academic researchers, university faculty, extension specialists, industry professional, international organization coordinators, and government regulators who work and deal with various aspects of potato production management.