Growing potatoes in rice paddies

Sustainable intensification yields multiple benefits in China

China has long sought to improve food production and, in recent decades, potatoes have played an increasingly important role there.

Recent research seems to prove that the cultivation of potato in southern China’s rice paddies in winter, when that land might otherwise lie fallow, has the potential to boost food security, farmer incomes and sustainability.

A recent article published by a team of CIP scientists in the American Journal of Potato Research finds that integrating potato into rice farming systems in southern China can yield some benefits for smallholder farmers, but also brings some challenges that must be anticipated for achieving optimal yields. 


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