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International Year of the Potato

2008 will be the International Year of the Potato. The United Nations made this designation in 2005.
Over the next two decades, the world's population is expected to grow on average by more than 100 million people a year. More than 95 percent of that increase will occur in the developing countries, where pressure on land and water is already intense. A key challenge facing the international community is, therefore, to ensure food security for present and future generations, while protecting the natural resource base on which we all depend. The potato will be an important part of efforts to meet those challenges...

Among the planned acxtivities will be a global forum on "Potato science for the poor" in Cuzco, Peru on 25-28 March 2008. Link -via the Presurfer

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"Over the next two decades, the world’s population is expected to grow on average by more than 100 million people a year."

So there'll be _8_ billion people living on this planet by 2030? Oh my. That's a pretty scary thought.
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