The International Year of the Potato (IYP) in 2008 was a celebration of one of humanity's most important and universally loved staple foods. This end-of-year review records IYP's achievements and underscores its essential message: that the potato is a vital part of the global food system, and will play an ever greater role in strengthening world food security and alleviating poverty. This book seeks to contribute to strengthening the potato industry everywhere. It will be of particular value to developing countries that recognize the potential of the potato to drive economic development and sustain rural livelihoods. Also published in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.